Has he been charged with anything yet? As soon as he is charged, yes, he should hire a defense attorney. That attorney will be in the best position to advise him regarding plea.
If he appears without an attorney, he will initially want to enter a plea of not guilty. However,he should retain a local criminal defense attorney who can get him the best deal.
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Finding an attorney as soon as possible is the best option. This could be misdemeanor or a felony depending if anyone was injured. Legal representation will save a lot of money in the long run and possible could help him avoid a lengthy period of incarceration -- and even help protect against a future civil lawsuit.
He certainly needs a lawyer and if he goes to court before he has retained a lawyer, he should plead not guilty. Let a lawyer evaluate the case, it's our job. Hit Skip is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a 1000 fine, and includes a license suspension in addition to a good chance his insurance will increase. Call a criminal defense lawyer.
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