State vs. Ms. N. (DMC No. 9477) (Maricopa County Superior Court No. CR2009-175984): Ms. M. was driving along the freeway when she had passed another vehicle in the HOV lane. This vehicle was tailgating her and she tapped her brakes in order for him to slow down. As she was changing lanes to exit the freeway, she heard a noise behind her but did not know what it was. Police then left a message that they were trying to contact her regarding a hit and run accident with numerous injuries. We were eventually able to convince the prosecutor’s office to charge only an endangerment instead of the more serious of felony hit and run. Although endangerment was still a felony, we were able to work up the case and conduct a photo lineup with the alleged victim. He was not able to identify Ms. M., and the state agreed to reduce charges to a misdemeanor hit and run charge that involved probation and no jail time. Originally Ms. M. was facing a potential of 5-15 years in prison for an aggravated assault.
REDUCED | Vehicular Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault Ms. C was accused of traveling 80 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone with barbiturates in her system when an accident occurred taking the lives of two people and injuring three others. We were able to show that there was a faulty drug analysis and were not barbiturates in her system. In addition, by performing an accident reconstruction, along with analyzing the “black box” (data recorder) in her vehicle, we proved that her speed was not 80 miles per hour. After numerous plea negotiations we finally obtained a plea for Negligent Homicide, which involved probation and two years of jail (with work release). Her original exposure was as high as 42 years in prison.
Maricopa County Superior Court No. CR2004-014836