Our client was involved in a very minor car accident leaving only paint transfer as a result. After the accident, our client became very nervous about potential police involvement due to language barriers and left the scene. The Officer charged our client with knowingly leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. Based on the information our client gave us, we worked with the Assistant State Attorney to hold off on filing formal charges against our client until a thorough follow up investigation was done. Based on the information obtained by the State in addition to the information provided by our office, the State determined the total damage did not reach the required statutory amount for a criminal charge. The State could have amended the charge to a simple civil traffic infraction, but based on our work, the State dismissed the criminal charge.