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Unlicensed driver crashes into a tree and leaves the car and flees the scene will the driver be arrested?

Freehold, NJ |

The driver had permission to drive the car. The vehicle belonged to the drivers relative and the relative had to go to the town where the accident occurred should the driver not go with them or will

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Hire a sensible criminal defense counsel licensed in New Jersey who will sort this out for all parties concerned. It is impossible to predict what the positioin of the District Counsel be on that one.

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Your question is not entirely clear, but I believe the answer is two-fold:

First and foremost, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident are not tickets that mandate arrest. That being said, unless the police have some way to identify the driver (i.e., he/she turns himself in or is identified by the relative), the owner of the vehicle will be likely be charged. A conviction for leaving the scene of an accident (while only a motor vehicle offense and not a crime), has serious consequences, including a lengthy license suspension and fines.

The driver should contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss his/her options.

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The owner will likely be charged but may be able to defend. They will ask who was driving the car. Get an attorney, both of you. Worst ticket is likely failure to report bu they may charge leaving the scene.


The driver may be arrested but only upon information given by the owner of the car who will be questioned.

Is the driver unlicensed or is he suspended this makes a difference in charges.

Both should obtain attorneys ASAP.

John Ducey

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