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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Miami Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline may be charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident w/Property Damage

I'm a big Miami Dolphins fan, so I feel it necessary to comment on a recent article suggesting that second year receiver Brian Hartline may face charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

On July 3 a pickup truck owned by Hartline was headed east on Interstate 595 in Ft. Lauderdale when it struck a Cadillac Escalade that was legally parked on the side of the road. The truck continued east on 595 for a few hundred feet before stopping due to the damage it sustained. Since Hartline owned the truck FHP troopers want to question him about his involvement in the accident. He could face misdemeanor charges.

As his attorney, I would tell him in no uncertain terms not to say anything to police. The police have the burden of proving he was the driver at the time of the crash, and without a statement by him or an independent witness, there's no way anyone can prove Hartline was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. I wouldn't make their job any easier by telling them who was, even if he knew who was driving.


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