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Leaving the Scene of an Accident Charges Dismissed

Misdemeanor Charges Dropped

In the district court for the City of Berkley, top Michigan defense attorney Dana Nessel successfully convinced the city attorney to drop all charges against her client.  The client was originally charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor in the State of Michigan.  If convicted, the client was facing up to 90 days in jail.

The case originated because the client was riding his bike and struck a parked car.  The accident left the client with cuts and scrapes on his arms and legs as well as a fairly severe cut on his head.  The client went home to tend to his wounds.  While he was at home, the Berkley Police arrived and could actually follow a trial of blood several blocks before eventually losing the trial.  A few hours later the client returned to the scene of the accident to apologize to the owner of the vehicle and exchange insurance information.  After the exchange took place, the client went home.  Shortly after that, the police arrived at his home and he was issued a ticket for leaving the scene of the accident.

The client With the help of Michigan defense attorney Chris Kessel, Ms. Nessel was able to discover a legal deficiency in the prosecutor’s case.  In order to be convicted of leaving the scene of an accident, you must have been the operator of a motor vehicle at the time of the accident.  According to Michigan law, a motor vehicle includes any vehicle that is not solely powered by human energy.  Because the client was riding a bicycle, powered solely by his energy, he would legally not be convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.

After filing a rather lengthy motion, Dana Nessel convinced the city attorney that he had no other choice to dismiss the case.  He did just that.

It’s not always the loudest and most brash attorney that gets the best results.  At Nessel & Kessel Law, we have taken the time to cultivate and grow our relationships with prosecutors and judges.  These relationships are what allow prosecutors and judges to trust us and listen when we explain how and why charges should be dismissed.  These relationships are what make us the top criminal defense attorneys in Michigan.

If you or a friend or family member has been charged with a crime or have been issued a ticket for a civil infraction, or you believe that you will be charged with a crime, trust the attorneys at Nessel and Kessel Law to help you through this trying time.  We have experience and relationships all across Michigan.  That’s what allows us to be some of the top Michigan defense attorneys.  When you need the top Michigan criminal defense lawyer, you need Nessel and Kessel Law.  Contact us today for a free consultation.




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