Have you spoken to the police yet? Yes, its a good idea to get an attorney before you talk about what happened with any law enforcement. There are alternatives to a hit& run charge when a situation like this is properly handled. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with more specifics for more information.
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It would be a catastrophic mistake to speak to police without a lawyer. First thing in the morning hire one.
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Are you saying that a police officer came to the scene to make a report and then let someone you didn't know drive you home? That does not sound plausible. It sounds as though the police arrived at the scene after you had left because you caused some type of property damage to whatever you hit and perhaps someone got your license # and reported the incident. Someone had to have called the police. I would suggest that you not talk to the police at all, but if you do I would have an experienced criminal lawyer present.
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It is very important that you contact and consult with an attorney right away. Get in touch with one - if necessary, go to the "find a lawyer" tab.
Hire a lawyer immediately and do not speak with anyone until you do.
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Best bet is to retain a local criminal lawyer before you make any possibly incriminating statements.
If you were in a one car accident which caused no damage to anyone or anything other than yourself and your vehicle, I don't think you can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Having said that, the police are likely interested in whether you were driving under the influence at the time of the incident. Regardless, of their motivation, do NOT talk with them without consulting with a lawyer first. The police can and will use anything you say against you.
I suggest you retain a criminal defense attorney before you attempt to speak with the police.
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I DO NOT recommend that you talk to Law Enforcement without being represented by an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. That attorney can then go over with you all of the facts in the case and make an informed decision about any contact or statement that you give to ANYONE. It is my general advise in a criminal case that my Clients not make any statement about the charges to ANYONE. Any incriminating statement that you make to anyone, can (and will) be used against you as an Admission. Please take this situation seriously and retain the best Criminal Defense Attorney that is available to you ASAP!!!! I hope this information has been helpful. Good Luck!!! George McCranie www.mccranielawfirm.com
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Hire. A. Lawyer. You have a lot of exposure here. My guess is that there is more to this story. The police will tell you a lot of stuff to get you to talk to them and tell them what happened. DO NO DO IT. Hire a lawyer and have the lawyer refuse to answer the questions for you (if at all). I suspect you will be charged with something and you should begin to think very seriously about a trial somewhere down the road.
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