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How serious is a leaving the scene of an accident charge and what are the chances of conviction?

Fairfax, VA |

I hit a fence right next to my house late at night, so I just walked home and went back to the area the next morning. No one was injured and it was only front bumper damage. Now I recieved this charge. I am a law student and I want to know how serious is the charge?

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I suggest you contact an attorney right away to consult on your options. As a law student, you don't want such a charge showing up on your record before you seek admission. Whenever there is property damage and/or injury involved in situations like this, you should be especially careful.

Next time, report it before they charge you. Its much easier to deal with then.

Good luck.

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If the accident resulted in a small amount of property damage only, then the charge is relatively less serious than high property damage or personal injury. Consult a local attorney to determine whether there would be any future impact on your record. In NJ, such a conviction with minor property damage would be a disorderly persons offense, which means when asked on an application for admission to the bar whether you were ever convicted of a felony or a crime, the answer would be "no."

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If that was the only damage, it is a misdemeanor. I would still suggest hiring counsel and try to get driving school and/or community service. You do not want this charge on your record. You will have to report it to the bar when you apply.

[This communication is intended as general information and not specific legal advice, and this communication does not create an attorney-client relationship.]

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