You obviously are going to court, and you face more than the loss of a license, which can happen either from operation of law for certain charges or by a judge's own order, but also face possible jail and likely fines. You should alreadfy have a lawyer. Get off the computer and retain one today.
Secondly, and this may help you in court, no good driver in your situation would have assumed there was no accident. Take a state approved in person (not online) drivers improvement course. Sign up now, as some have waiting lists, and complete it before court.
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I am not sure how they operate in Columbus, but in Atlanta, there are ways to negotiate th ticket away completely or at the very least negotiate the most minimally punitive resolution posible taking into account points and insurance. As long as your insurance is working with the other party to resolve the matter, the prosecutors typuically don't go out for blood. Good luck and I hope it all works out.
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It sounds like you we're charged with hit and run. As you know if you are convicted of this charge your driver's license will be suspended. However, in order to be convicted of a hit and run charge you must hit an attended vehicle which means you hit a vehicle with someone in it, or standing very close by. It doesn't sound like you hit an attended vehicle, but rather hit a parked car or some other object. There is your defense to that charge. As far as what else you wee charged with those charges are probably no good because most moving violations do not apply on private property. Only a handful do such as hit and run. You should speak. It an attorney to see apt getting this case dismissed, or reduced to a charge that won't go on your driving history.
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The worst thing you can do is not go to court. Go retain an attorney in the matter.
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You should hire a lawyer that is familiar with that particular traffic court. He can protect your interests and possibly negotiate with the prosecutor for a reduced fine and/or a reduced penalty.
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