If they're claiming injuries, you could be looking at felony hit and run charges. If the injuries are minor or it's only property damage, you could face misdemeanor hit and run charges.
They may have assumed or speculated you were drinking, but without proof that you were under the influence, they could never prove a DUI case against you.
Under any of the circumstances, you're facing criminal charges that carry points on your DMV history, probation, potential jail time and/or fines and other punishment. Yes, it's worth an attorney to see what can be worked out and try to minimize the impact to you and try and avoid a conviction if at all possible.
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Speak with your insurance carrier. Make no statements. Your only criminal act would be to be so hard on yourself. Your insurance will represent you. It was an acciident, toss the guilty thought s aside before you hurt yourself.
Its right to seek help by hiring a lawyer. It could be serious with injuries as Mr. Dane stated. If you have insurance that helps. I offer free consultations for this type of matter where you need answers. This happens fairly often but its not too late to start making good choices to protect yourself.
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You will need an attorney. Depending upon the extent of the injuries you could be looking at a felony hit and run. At this point do not make any statements about the accident. You can call my office for a free consultation.
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You need to retain an attorney before speaking further with the police. You will probably be charged with hit and run.
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Hire a lawyer. Make no further statements until you do.
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