Dismissal: Felony for False Filing

The Scenario: When a truck driver hadn’t paid his traffic tickets, his commercial driver’s license was suspended. The DA’s office found that he was using a name that wasn’t on his birth certificate. This wasn’t his fault: it went back to his adoption as a child. The DA nevertheless charged him with falsifying his name to obtain a new license: a class E felony.

The Results: We convinced the District Attorney that our client was not trying to defraud the DMV, and they agreed to dismiss the case. Our client was able to return to his job and resume life as usual.