Does providing insurance info to traffic investigations detective mean an admission of guilt about an accident/hit-and-run?
The stamp on the envelope shows the letter and form were not mailed until 3 days after the date listed on the form and letter. I received it 8 days after the date on the letter (probably because the address on my license is not updated and the mail had to be forwarded to my current address). So I do not have much time, assuming I have 10 days from the date on the letter.
Does providing my insurance information mean I am admitting guilt to this (implied) hit-and-run?
Should I ask for a copy of the report? I know you're lawyers, but please honestly tell me if I really should be seeking a lawyer at this point, or if I do not need to be doing that yet. Thank you in advance!
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Yes, honestly, these guys aren’t kidding you - you should have a lawyer. Your lawyer would likely send that form back to them on your behalf while being careful that you don’t make any admissions of guilt. Your lawyer will communicate with the cops for you. If you’re not careful, you’ll give them everything that they’ll need to prosecute you for the crime.
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In Alabama providing your insurance information under this scenario is not an admission of guilt. You should ask for a copy of the report. The prudent thing to do is to take the report to an attorney for further advice.
While no an admission of guilt, this letter means that there's a report with your make, model, and likely your license plate number on it. If the information on the insurance card matches the the description of the vehicle, it could hurt you. That being said, if it's being mailed to you directly, that likely means a license plate number was gathered. however, sometimes license plate numbers are mistaken and the vehicle doesn't match. WISELY, you avoid mentioning in here whether you were actually in a accident. You need to discuss this confidentially with a lawyer. Whether you need to hire them or not depends on what happened. Most lawyers would give you some time to discuss the facts in a consultation before making that decision.
If you're under investigation for hit-and-run you should call a few attorneys before doing anything Most attorneys will head you in the right direction even before you hire them. i doubt providing insurance info will be an admission of guilty.