Don't meet the trooper without an attorney. I've handled one case in which the troopers first wanted my client for DUI and leaving the scene with injuries, then it became leaving the scene with property damage (no DUI), and finally, not even a ticket. Had the trooper met with my client on Day One, my client would have faced severe charges.
I was a Florida law enforcement officer for many years, and I specialized in getting people to "just talk to me" so I could put them in jail.
Please call one of us today. Many times, we can short-circuit the State's case before it even begins.
The sooner you call one if us, the better. The cop doesn't want to hear your side of the story: He wants to arrest you.
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"I had no idea the severity of this type of charge, and was advised to seek legal counsel."
That was good advice. Contact the FL and Orlando bar associations for referrals, and retain counsel. Do NOT meet the police alone.
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Both of the attorneys above have given you sound advice. When you speak with an investigator it is because they are searching for additional evidence to make their case...in this case it's to make out their case against you. Counsel can assist you in mitigating this situation far better than you trying to go it alone. Please seek the advice of a local attorney. Best of luck.
You have the right to remain silent. You need not meet with the police. Hire a criminal defense attorney to review your situation BEFORE you make any decision.
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The advice to bring a lawyer with you was good advice. Do it.
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Whoever advised he was correct. You should not appear to meet with the officers without your attorney. Your attorney could speak for you and that will not be an admission against you. Your attorney may be able to keep you from being arrested for leaving the scene of an accident / property damages and fight any tickets resulting from this case in court. Do yourself a favor, don't make any admissions. Your lawyer can reschedule the appointment to a mutually convenient time. Have a lawyer or with you. That's the best advice I can give.
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You should say nothing to them. You should contact an attorney before talking to anyone.
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You absolutely should NOT speak with the officer. Hire an attorney and let him deal with the officer. He should immediately draw up an Invocation of Rights and provide it to law enforcement so that they know you are represented and that they cannot contact you.
DO NOT talk to a police officer without counsel. Retain one now! It doesn't sound like a serious matter that can't be cleared up. but anything you say WILL be used against you!