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Im facing charges for a hit and run. How should I handle the situation?

Westfield, NJ |

I backed into a vehicle and didn't notice any damage so I left. A few weeks later someone at the business where the accident happened approached me and said that I had caused damage. I willingly left them my info thinking It was the right thing to do. They called the police afte I left and I got a call today. The police department told me I will have to go to court to face 'leaving the scene' charges. The damage on my car that the investigating officer found doesn't match what happened. I backed into the car and the damage the officer found is on my front end. They also said that there was a witness. I was told that if I deny involvement they'll try to pin me with careless driving and failure to report an accident. They said they'd talk to the prosecutor since this is my first offense.

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  1. Retain a criminal defense attorney. Don't make further statements to the police.

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  2. Hire a really good criminal defense attorney ASAP.

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  3. Simply retain a local criminal defense lawyer from your town and your odds of beating this will increase exponentially.

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  4. If the accident caused only vehicle damage, you could face up to 30 days in jail, six month driver’s license suspension, and fines reaching $400. In addition to criminal charges and the effect of a suspended driver’s license, a hit and run conviction can increase your insurance rates or cause you to lose your car insurance altogether. Please contact my office so we can set up a free consultation.


  5. First of all leaving the scene is much worse than careless and failure to report. So it makes no sense them telling you that. I handle these cases on a regular basis. Call me for more information but definitely call someone.

    John Ducey
    732-458-5600

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