Case #: 2016 CF ****
Our client was allegedly at fault in a hit and run accident. The other vehicle involved took a picture of our client's license plate as he left the scene and called police. A Trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol responded and tracked our client back to his home using the plate provided by the other driver. Our client's vehicle was parked in the driveway and had noticeable damage to it consistent with the accident the witness described. The Trooper made contact with our client and during his investigation he discovered our client's license was suspended. Our client had multiple prior convictions for Driving While License Suspended making this offense a felony as opposed to a misdemeanor. Our client was placed under arrest and taken to jail on two separate charges of Driving While License Suspended as a Habitual Traffic Offender, which is punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $5000 fine. We began working on the case trying to exclude any evidence we believed was improperly obtained and arguing that a photo of a license plate could not prove who the actual driver of the vehicle was. During this same time, we worked with our client to fix his suspensions and obtain a valid driver's license. Based on our conversations and arguments over the phone with the prosecutor, the State dismissed both felony charges before we filed any motions or had our first court date.