There should be a lawyer appointed to handle your daughter's case. Write or call that lawyer and ask for an appointment. Address all your concerns to her attorney at that meeting.. By the way, has the insurance company issued her a "Reservation Defense" letter. Just curious. Best of luck.
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Is the letter for a civil case or a criminal case?
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Insurance company will handle the case for your daughter as far as civil claims and damages the other driver is seeking.
HOWEVER, the criminal/traffic case is something they will NOT help her out with at all. Keep in mind that if she pleads guilty, this will act as an admission in the civil case (and perhaps the insurance company might even claim this is an exclusion of coverage and not cover her). Tell her to show up at court and be ready to plead NOT guilty. If she is found guilty or found not guilty, it'll have no impact on the civil case but if she PLEADS guilty, this is what she must avoid. She should contact the insurer before she goes to court to inform them of what she will be doing. Better yet, do this in writing and keep a copy.
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If the letter is from a criminal court your daughter needs to talk with an attorney ASAP.
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The answer to this questions turns on the letter being Criminal or Civil. If the letter is Criminal I highly suggest reaching out to a local criminal attorney. Also bring the letter to the meeting.