March 2012 Eluding Police: Filed
Police stopped a motorist on the highway after observing him travel at excessively high speeds weaving in and out of traffic. When officers pulled the motorist over they noticed his truck was slightly ajar. The motorist claimed to be driving a rental vehicle and had no knowledge of the open trunk. Officers obtained the motoristӳ license and rental registration to run a criminal background check. This check revealed to officers that the motorist was released from prison after serving long jail sentence for murder and had also been recently charged with narcotics trafficking a charge that was subsequently dismissed. Based on this information the patrol officer called for back-up assistance of more police officers. When the motorist observed multiple police cars pull in behind his stopped car along the highway he panicked started his engine and sped off. The motorist fled police on the highway from Rhode Island and into neighboring Massachusetts. He was ultimately apprehended and charged with Eluding Police. The frightened motorist retained Attorney Calcagni to represent him against this misdemeanor charge. The motorist admitted his responsibility before the Court and pleaded for mercy at the time of sentencing. Because of his criminal history the prosecution advocated for a sentence of one year in jail to be suspended for one year with probation. Attorney Calcagni vehemently opposed this sentencing recommendation and zealously advocated for his client who though a felon paid his debt to society and feared law enforcement. Attorney Calcagni successfully convinced the Court to not impose the sentence recommended by prosecutors and instead file this matter for one year. Providing the man is not charged with a new offense in the next year he will be eligible to have his case sealed and he will not incur a criminal conviction from this incident. Congratulations to this client.