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Well, in this situation it is going to depend entirely on what happened BEFORE he fled, and his credibility in telling his story that he didn't see him. If something criminal
may have taken place prior, then his story is less believable. If he was minding his own business and just didn't see the cop, he should tell the truth and hope that it is enough to get him off.
The public defender is fine, unless you can afford to hire another lawyer. This is a very minor offense and if his story is true then hopefully it will be resolved quickly and without penalty.
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