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The relevant statute, Ohio Revised Statutes, Section 4549.021 requires a person to stop after an accident. A violation of that statute is a misdemeanor
of the first degree
, unless someone is seriously injured (in which case it's a felony).
First, they will send you notice of a court
date. When you appear in court, the judge will advise you of the charges against you. You will enter a plea of not guilty and request a trial
. After the trial, you'll want to send a request for discovery to the DA, asking them to send you copies of all of the evidence against you (it should be in writing, to protect you, in case they don't do it). You can then look at the evidence and try to figure out if they have a good case against you.
You'll then go to a trial, where the DA will present the evidence against you. You'll get to cross-examine all of the DA's witnesses to show that they are mistaken. Then, if you want, you can testify on your own behalf and give your side of the story.
If you are found guilty, for a first offense, if no one was injured, you will most likely be charged a fine. In addition, the judge will suspend your driver's license for a period between six months and three years.
I hope that helps.