An acquaintance was driving my car and rear ended another car (I was a passenger). She then drove off; I panicked! She then parked about a mile away and ran off. I did not return to the scene (had been drinking... hence, her driving) and have not been able to reach her since. What should I do?! I don't want to be blamed for this but am sick about the situation and need a course of action.Does it make any difference that it was actually my boyfriend's car? He was out of town and gave me permission to drive it while mine was in the shop...
You were a witness to a crime. The crime involved your vehicle, which was used with your persmission, which makes you liable (civilly for damages). You need to report the accident to the police and to your insurance carrier. Failing to report to the police is exposing you to criminal charges for conspiracy and likely more, and failing to report to your insurance company is exposing you to a denial of coverage. If it has been more than 1 day since the accident, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney to make sure the report is handled correctly. The longer you wait, the higher your risk of being arrested.
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You should consult a Las Vegas criminal attorney regarding the situation as soon as possible. I'm assuming that the police are going to find your vehicle and will come to you sooner or later wanting to know what happened. You will need representation.
Before your friend drove away from the accident, this was just a civil matter. But because of the hit and run situation, this becomes criminal. You are a witness, but the police and prosecutor may not see it that way, depending on how the accident is reported to them. Since there is a criminal aspect to this matter, you need to contact a Las Vegas criminal attorney ASAP and follow their advice. This is a serious matter.
I know a few criminal attorneys in town. I'll list a few links for you.
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This is both a civil and a criminal matter. The criminal matter should concern you the most. Please talk to a criminal attorney to make sure that you handle this correctly.
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