DUI & Criminal Division

The defendant was involved in a fender bender in a mall parking lot. According to the defendant the victim was intimidating her, and felt fear for her safety. She left the parking lot and called her boyfriend and father. The victim remained at the scene and called the police. When she got in touch with them they informed her she should not have left the scene and she should call the police immediately. Defendant called the police and informed them what happened and that she was now about 15 miles from the accident site. The police advised her to return to the scene, which she did. She met with the officer on scene and exchanged information, the officer gave the defendant a criminal citation for leaving the scene of an accident, and a civil infraction for careless driving. After extended negotiations with the prosecutor on the case, we eventually reached an agreement of dropping the criminal charge and a complete dismissal of the civil infraction.