my friend's car that i was driving ran off the road and i was going to find help, we didn't have a phone to call authorities. i found a friend that was willing to help. By the time i got back the car was gone, about three or four days later i had to go to the station i talk to the cops about the situation. now i am being charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
This comes from the GA State Bar's website:
"Never leave the scene of an accident in which you or your car are involved. No matter how slight the collision, if you fail to stop you may subject yourself to criminal prosecution even though the accident was not your fault. Stop your car as soon as possible without further endangering any person or property and without obstructing traffic. Do whatever is necessary to warn oncoming traffic, in order to prevent further accidents. If possible, station someone in a position to warn approaching vehicles. At night, use flares, reflectors or a flashlight."
"Unless your injuries require otherwise, do not leave the scene of the accident until you have assisted the injured, protected the scene, called the police and assisted them, identified the other driver(s), obtained the names, addresses and statements of all witnesses, made notes and filled out the Accident Information Form and Diagram in this pamphlet."
I'm sure other attorneys from your state will offer further insight to your question. You can also contact local criminal defense attorneys to learn more about your rights and the potential consequences that you may face because of your conduct.
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Leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal matter. It is a misdemeanor offense that has a maximum of 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, most of the time, this charge can be handled by a competent attorney with probated jail time. If damage was done to someone's property, another charge may arise of criminal damage to property, which can be a misdemeanor or a felony if over $500. You should seek an attorney to help you with this matter, rather than speaking on your own behalf, since there may be a lot more to this and you do not want to inciminate yourself.
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