I was charged with two counts of Vehicle Code 23109.1 [Engaging in a Speed Contest Causing Specified Injury] as a felony; two counts of Vehicle Code 23105(a) [Reckless Driving Causing Specified Injury], one count of Penal Code Section 368(b)(1) [Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse] as a felony; and a misdemeanor count of Vehicle Code Section 23103(a) [reckless driving]. I was also charged with 7 enhancements under Penal Code Section 12022.7(a) [Great Bodily Injury];
[A psychotic episode occurred while the Defendant was driving his car. He severely injured two people. His total prison exposure is 27 years.]
I had battled mental health issues for many years. I hired Attorney Will Bruzzo to represent me. He recommended the Mental Health Diversion Program [Penal Code Section 1001.36] for me. He had me evaluated by a mental health professional and a report was submitted to the Court as part of a Mental Health Diversion Petition.
I caused severe injuries to my passenger and another driver. Despite it all, Mr. Bruzzo got me accepted into the program. I must adhere to a plan of treatment. After about a year of treatment [without further criminal problems and adherence to the program] I can get all the CHARGES DISMISSED [and sealed and not serve any jail time.] I am very grateful to Mr. Bruzzo and the Court for this opportunity.
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