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You need an attorney given the serious nature of the charges. Use the Find a Lawyer function on AVVO. If you cannot afford a private attorney, contact the Public Defender. Do not post any details on AVVO since this is a public forum.
You could have possible defense and there may be issues surrounding the search. The fact that they never read you your rights will not result in a dismissal, but may exclude any statements by you while interrogated in custody.
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Ahhh... you need help fast. Contact an attorney as soon as possible.
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Really simply get a lawyer as soon as possible.
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This could obviously be a very serious case. Get lawyer now. Do not make ANY statements to law enforcement without first checking with a real criminal defense lawyer. You may want to check or have your lawyer have an investigator check to see if there are traffic cams or other cameras that may corroborate the part about the other person leaving your car. A lot of these films are recycled/destroyed on some schedule, so if there is a dispute about this other person being there or not, be sure to get your lawyer's opinion on getting out request/subpoenas ASAP.
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