Thank you for your question. Although a hit and run can indeed be serious especially when there are significant property damages or serious injuries, it doesn't sound like that is the case here. In addition, it isn't likely that the officer would have told you it wasn't serious if he thought there was much of a chance the court
would try to maximize your sentence
That said, without knowing all the facts, including those from the other party's perspective and the damages, I can't say for certain what will happen in your case. What I can say, is that you might seriously consider hiring a criminal
defense attorney who specializes in traffic offenses because you might actually have a defense based on what you said about the other party's behavior. Again, I can't say with certainty but worth spending the time to talk with someone who might be able to help either get the charges dismissed or reduced.
If the damages to property were less than $1000, even if you were to be charged and convicted, this would be a Class 1 misdemeanor
, which is likely what you would be charged with if anything, unless this was a very serious accident. Again though, you may have a defense if the facts are as you say they are.
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