Massachusetts Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing for Leaving the Scene of an Accident While Under the Influence of Alcohol: No Criminal Complaint Issued
Police responded to a hit and run accident after a female motorist went through a red light, causing another motorist with the right of way to broadside her. Police obtained video footage of the incident, which captured the woman leaving Patriot’s Place in Foxboro, MA. She failed to yield at an intersection thereby causing the collision. She then drove away without ever stopping. An eyewitness observed and recorded the woman’s registration plate, which enabled police to both identify and track her down. The woman admitted to the police that she had been drinking earlier that evening and changed her story multiple times due to fear. She ultimately received a summons to appear for a Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing in Wrentham District Court based upon Foxboro Police’s application for a criminal complaint against her for leaving the scene of the accident. She immediately hired the Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer, John L. Calcagni III to represent her at this hearing. Following zealous advocacy for the woman, Attorney Calcagni and his team persuaded the Clerk-Magistrate to not criminally charge their client. Instead, this matter shall remain administratively held open for six months. Providing the woman is not charged with any new criminal offenses during this time, the application for criminal complaint will be denied and the case shall be closed.