Brevard County Felony
My client was backing out of her parking space in the parking lot of Wal-Mart.
While backing up she hit another person, whom was loading groceries into
the truck of a vehicle. My client was unaware of what exactly she had
hit, so she stopped her vehicle, got out to expect the situation. She
observed two females at the rear of another vehicle, she asked if she
hit the women, and was told "yes". My client asked if she was
ok and the women 'nodded'. My client then asked if she could do
anything and was told, "no." My client assumed there was no
serious injuries and left the parking lot to return home.
Later that afternoon Officer Jones, of the West Melbourne Police Department,
arrived at my client's home and placed her under arrest for Leaving
the Scene of an Accident involving Personal Injury, a Felony of the 3
rd degree, maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.
I reviewed the discovery, including a surveillance video from the Wal-Mart
parking lot. I was able to determine that my client did in fact back from
her parking space and lightly hit a woman with the rear bumper of the
vehicle. I could see in the video my client get out of her vehicle, have
a short conversation with two women, then return to her vehicle and leave
the scene in a normal, unhurried fashion. I could tell from the video
that this case was more of a miscommunication between the women, and my
client was not maliciously or intentionally fleeing the scene.
I was able to arrange a very favorable plea offer for my client. Her felony
charge was reduced to a misdemeanor charge of leaving scene of an accident.
Adjudication of guilt was withheld, meaning she was not convicted of a
crime; she was required to pay a small fine and complete an online basic
driver improvement course.