Samantha Upton of Weiland Upton recently negotiated a great result for a client in Chesterfield County. This was a classic case of “road rage” where the client abruptly stopped his car in the roadway, causing an accident, and after a short confrontation with the other driver, left the scene without exchanging any information as required by law. A police officer was able to locate the defendant and charged him with three misdemeanors (Hit and Run – Class 1 Misdemeanor; Reckless Driving – Class 1 Misdemeanor; Aggressive Driving – Class 2 Misdemeanor), and a traffic citation for Improper Stopping on a Highway. The client was facing jail, loss of license, and the possibility of thousands of dollars in fines.
Samantha was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the Hit and Run and Aggressive Driving Misdemeanors and the Improper Stopping on a Highway charge and the client was left with just the Reckless Driving charge with a $150 fine plus court costs. Although the client’s license was suspended for a short period of time, Samantha was able to get him a restricted license so that he could drive to and from work, his children’s school and daycare, and church.