I’ve been charged with two counts; 1) leaving the scene of an accident and 2)leaving the scene of an accident involving unattended vehicle. What are possible sentences the judge could give me in Indiana?
Typically, the court will sentence the two counts "concurrently" meaning the two penalties will run at the same time. This is particularly true when the two offenses are based on essentially the same conduct. Additionally, the prosecutor is likely to drop one if you take a plea agreement on the other.
With that said, a Class B Misdemeanor has a maximum jail sentence of 180 days. The worst sentence you could get would be 360 days (180 days on each count run "consecutively"), but the likely outcome will be 180 days with some portion (or all of it) suspended to probation.
The details and final outcome will be largely dependent on your personal history, whether or not you hire an attorney, the local prosecutor, and the judge in your case.
I would not gamble even with Class B Misdemeanors. Hire an attorney and get this handled properly.
ATTORNEY Hanson is correct.
Your bigger problem MAY BE:
- losing your license and
- the costs of
probation and SR-22 which is high risk insurance.
Do not plead this out on your own, if you are guilty.
Ask for the public defender or hire an attorney.
Finally, this kind of criminal record can mean losing your license for a long time if
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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