I was involved in a hit and run. I hit a car and then panicked and drove off. Eventually I realized I was being an idiot, and slowed down and then pulled over in a parking lot.
The police showed up a few minutes later and wrote me a citation for hit and run.
I'm terrified. Almost all the options I've considered for my future can be ruined by this being on my record and I don't know what to do.
I'm going to contact the prosecutor, and get an attorney..
Are my chances okay, or are dismissals very rare?? This is my first offense ever.
Don't panic for a second time. Take a deep breath and then call a Utah criminal defense attorney, who can help guide you through this. A "Failure to Remain at the Scene of An Accident Charge" or Hit and Run charge doesn't look good on your criminal record.
Utah law requires that you stop within a reasonable distance or time from an auto accident, whether you at a fault or not. Your attorney could argue that your actions were reasonable. At first you were shocked by the accident, but then you stopped. People are not perfect. Everyone reacts differently to an accident. You initially panicked, but then came to your senses. This may not be ideal behavior, but your attorney could argue that it is not criminal behavior.
Whatever you do please don't contact the prosecutor. Statements made to the prosecutor can and will be used against you. Again, you need to contact a Utah criminal defense attorney that can fight these charges.
Getting any case dismissed is going to hinge on the facts. Based on what you have put in your question it does not seem likely that the case will be dismissed unless you go to trial and prevail. I would suggest getting an attorney to see if there is a deal that can be worked out with the prosecution to get you a lighter sentence.
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