If you've been charged with a crime, you should hire an attorney to represent you. If you can't afford an attorney to represent you in a criminal matter, the court can appoint you a public defender. Once you hire an attorney and discuss all of the facts with him, he should be in the best possible position to answer your question about how to avoid jailtime.
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If you're charged with a felony you should already have hired counsel. I suspect your question is partly about what it will cost, and you'd have to call criminal attorneys and discuss their fees with them to answer that. As for how long you could go to prison, no one could make a guess with the limited facts you posted.
I changed the topic you posted in since you posted this in an area of AVVO directed to lawyers suing others for personal injuries and this is a criminal defense question. That means criminal lawyers on AVVO did not see your question until now.
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Have you gotten a court date, yet? I would suggest consulting with an attorney by phone or in person to get a better answer to your question. Many of the answers will depend on the facts of the case, your prior history, and whether your court date is coming up soon. If you would like to discuss your case in more detail, my number is 404-217-6978.
You are looking at a maximum of 5 years on the false statements charge and 12 months on the no license charge. The hit and run can either be a felony or misdemeanor according to the circumstances. If nobody was seriously injured (a factor which may or may not have been determined), then the crime is a misdemeanor subject to a maximum 12 month sentence. If there was a serious injury or death, hit and run is a felony and is subject to a maximum 5 year sentence. Of course, if there is a death, you could also be charged with vehicular homicide (a 15 year felony) if the State could prove that your leaving the accident without rendering aid was the proximate cause of the person's death (i.e., they would have survived had you rendered aide).
Without more information, nobody can quote you a fee or tell you what your likelihood of serving time is in this particular case. Normally, false statement cases are probation cases. However, you have a more complicated case involving an auto accident. There are many variables that go into the determination of whether you will do time in this case. Call me for a free consultation.
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