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A drunk hit and run, what will happen?

Appleton, WI |

Person was drunk in hit and run. Cops found him, questioned him, he was not in his car at the time so they did not test for alcohol level. They let him go. What can he expect to happen at this point? Why did they let him go?They told him he was going to jail, he denied hitting anyone, but they let him go. Should he expect to be arrested at home or served court papers?

Hit and run victim was not in the car at the time of the accident. Car was parked.

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Hit & Run-Unattended Vehicle is just a traffic ticket. If they didn't arrest him at the time and obtain a test of his breath or a sample of his blood, it would be difficult, but not impossible, to prosecute him for operating under the influence now. However, if they can put him behind the wheel for the hit & run, they can also charge him criminally with obstructing for lying about it.

He needs to stop talking about the incident, and I don't mean just with the police. I have seen cases where people smart enough not to talk to the police hang themselves by bragging to all of their friends how smart they were to "beat" a charge that later comes back to bite them by virtue of admissions made to third parties who do talk to the police.

He can either wait and see what happens, or pro-actively hire a defense lawyer pre-charging.

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They may be putting together a case, and may charge the person later. The person should retain a local criminal lawyer to be ready.

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I agree with my colleagues and would recommend that the person contact and retain a local area criminal defense attorney to help out if he/she is charged.

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The person needs to be proactive and retain a criminal attorney right away.