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The prosecution dropped the case right before trial.
Christina had moved to New Hampshire and started a life there. Now she was facing prison time in Florida if convicted. She had never been arrested before and always lived a law abiding life. She felt victimized by this Toyota dealership and wanted to prove her innocence.
Christina B. was an elderly paralegal who got a solicitation in the mail offering zero percent down and a good interest rate at Toyota of Deerfield Beach. She was in need of a new car and decided to take advantage of the deal they were offering. She went to Toyota on a Saturday and was there all day negotiating with them. They used a lot of bait and switch techniques. Finally, they reached a deal. Then the paperwork began. Toyota closed at 9pm, but the dealer didn’t come back with financing approval for her until 9:15pm. At that point they made her sign twenty pages of forms. Christina had been there all day and wanted to get out of there, so they pressured her into signing. Toyota then let her take the car home.
The next day Christina was bombarded with calls by Deerfield Toyota saying that she signed a conditional sales contract, and that she needed to come back to sign additional paperwork, and bring proof of work, along with some other documentation. As a paralegal Christina thought it odd. She decided to Google what was going on and discovered it was a yoyo scam. The paperwork said she had to come back, but no one at the dealership even mentioned that to her, let alone explained it in any way. Christina fought back and even consulted a civil attorney. Toyota called the police saying that she stole the car. The first cop they spoke with told them it was a civil matter, not criminal. Relentless, Toyota then called in a favor and got a detective assigned to the case. The detective did a terrible investigation, never even reaching out to Christina, the person accused of the crime! Instead, he just sent the case on to the state attorney to file charges against Christina.
Meanwhile, Christina tried sending in the first two payments on the car, but the bank wouldn’t accept either of them because Toyota hadn’t finalized the loan. So then Christina tried sending the checks directly to Toyota, but they wouldn’t take them either. A few months later Christina moves to New Hampshire.
One and a half years later, Christina is pulled over for speeding in New Hampshire and ends up getting arrested. The cops also take her car. There was a warrant out for her arrest in Florida. Christina spends 30 days in a New Hampshire jail awaiting extradition to Florida. She spends Christmas 2017 shackled in a gray van being driven from New Hampshire to Florida. Upon her arrival here, Christina found our firm online and hired us to represent her.
The first thing we did was bond her out of jail so she could go back to New Hampshire while we fought the case here. This was a civil matter that got way out of hand. We decided to go after Toyota. We took depositions of employees, and the detective who had “investigated” the case. We also showed copies of the unaccepted car payments Christina tried to make to the prosecutor. With a strong case, we decided to push aggressively towards trial.
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