Absolutely. In fact, to the extent that a case is negotiated in advance of the actual filing, it lessens the amount of work that a prosecutor has to do and serves as an incentive for them to resolve the case.
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Your friend needs to be concerned about conversing with APS and the medical staff as anything he says may end up being used against him. While he wants information regarding his wife, and obviously wants to speak with her, he needs to be cognizant of the fact that the authorities are likely looking at him as the individual responsible for her injuries. In my experience, while APS may duck his phone calls, they are somewhat more reluctant to not respond to an attorney representing him.
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