Well, if no one saw you and you haven't been contacted by the police, then you probably got away with it. That said, put yourself in the other person's shoes - you come out in the morning and find your car dinged and no note. How would you feel?
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Contact a local attorney. You advise the attorney of the situation. The attorney contacts the owner of the damaged vehicle and gets a repair estimate. You give the attorney the money. The attorney deposits the funds into his/her client trust fund and writes a check to the owner. Attorney cnnot give you up as your name is a part of the information given in confidence.
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If someone saw you and or the license plate or a partial license plate number on your vehicle it may take some time for them to track you down. If they do you can be immediately arrested and taken to jail where you will sit until you post bail. I HIGHLY recommend you contact a local criminal defense attorney and discuss this matter in private rather than over the Internet where anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Good luck.
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So, apparently no contact by law enforcement has been attempted. Therefore, they may or may not have any good information about the event happening or you are the person to have done this bump and run.
Having said that it is only the 19th of January and perhaps the report still sits on some detectives desk. So, bottom-line, if an officer of the law calls you. Seek counsel at one, do not admit to anything but be cooperative without answering. Then contact competent counsel in this area.
You have the ability to do a ciil compromise in cases like these which can result in either dismissing, never filing, or for a judge to dismiss criminal charges should the prosecutor object. However, that is when (and if) a case is filed. You are not sure about this as of yet.
So perhaps just contact the owner of the car, or have an attorney on your behalf do that to determine damages. You may even or should have insurance coverage for any damage or costs to the other vehicle.
But you also need to understand a charge of 20002 of the Vehicle code otherwise known as a hit and run, can result in 2 points on your DMV. Thereby might be best to just pay this person direct out of pocket.
Something like event which has no injury to a person, rarely results in jail time other than a booking and a release. As long as you comply with any terms and condition the court may impose. Should a case be filed in the future.
Good luck and next time leave a note of wait for the owner to arrive with the alarm sounding. Kinda hard to say you waited when an alarm is going as in most neighborhood, most people come out to turn it off within five minutes.
To best avoid jail time or an arrest, stop posting case specific facts on public forums such as avvo, resist the temptation to speak to insurance and/or law enforcement if contacted, and hire the best locally experienced criminal defense attorney you can afford.
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You should refrain from discussing this on online forums like this because the information you post there could be used against you in court. Discuss it in confidence with an attorney. If law enforcement contacts you to discuss this or arrests you, refuse to answer any questions without an attorney present.