Mental Health Diversion
After a series of unfortunate events I became very depressed and drank too much alcohol. While I do not recall the events, I apparently evaded several police cars who had to use PIT maneuvers to try and stop me; I crashed into a civilian vehicle; [I drove in a road against traffic]; I also allegedly drove my vehicle at a police car; the Officer had to take evasive action to avoid me.
After the police stopped me by using their patrol vehicles [to pin me] I was arrested at gun point. It was determined that my blood alcohol level over twice the limit. I later bailed out of jail oblivious as to what I had done.
After this incident I understood that I had a [Mental Health, Substance Abuse] problem. I have no criminal record and I am a law-abiding person. I immediately sought psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy and substance abuse treatment.
I was subsequently charged with Felony Penal Code Section 245(c) [Assault with weapon not a Firearm on a Peace Officer], Felony Vehicle Code Sections 2800.2 [Evading a peace officer/reckless driving], 2800.4 [Evading a Police Officer driving in opposite direction of lawfully moving traffic], Vehicle Code Sections 23152(a), 23152(b) [Drunk Driving] and Vehicle Code Section 20002(a) [Hit and Run with Property Damage]. I was facing up to a maximum of 10 years prison for these offenses.
I was referred to Mr. Will Bruzzo by another criminal defense attorney because of his good reputation and contacts in Orange County.
Mr. Bruzzo had me evaluated by a Forensic Psychologist. Then he told me he was going to petition the Court to allow me to participate in the Mental Health Diversion Program [Penal Code Section 1001.36]. If you are approved in this program all charges are DISMISSED upon completion [Must have a qualifying DSM Mental Disorder].
Mr. Bruzzo told me this would be a challenge but that we had to try it. To that end he filed the Petition for Mental Health Diversion and compiled my entire treatment history as well as information on my good character and work history.
In the Court [the day of the Mental Health Diversion Motion Hearing], Mr. Bruzzo met with the Judge and the District Attorney who opposed the Motion. [After substantial discussions in chambers] The Judge Agreed to GRANT the Motion and allow me in the Mental Health Diversion Program. All my Charges will be DISMISSED and I will serve NO JAIL as long as I stay out of trouble and complete the program. I am very happy with this result I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any Mental Health Diversion [Penal Code Section 1001.36] matter or Felony Penal Code Section 245(c) [Assault with weapon not a Firearm on a Peace Officer], Felony Vehicle Code Sections 2800.2 [Evading a peace officer/reckless driving], 2800.4 [Evading a Police Officer driving in opposite direction of lawfully moving traffic], Vehicle Code Sections 23152(a), 23152(b) [Drunk Driving] or Vehicle Code Section 20002(a) [Hit and Run with Property Damage] matters.
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