Thanks for the chance to assist on this matter. I am an attorney with over 12 years experience in criminal
The short answer is yes. That would be a very good idea.
The reason is that under MN law, leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense.
It is either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances (if there was significant personal injury or death it is a felony, otherwise it is a misdemeanor). So conviction would remain on your criminal record
. This is true even if you go in and agree to pay a fine. And yes...it will remain on your record. It will not go away...not on its own accord
And with the trend towards availability of data...a conviction, over time, will have more and more visibility (for example, it is relatively easy to perform background checks today...this will only get easier going forward)
And it is a great legal way to discriminate.
Example...two applicants for one job. One has clean record, one has a misdemeanor conviction, all else equal the nod may well go to the clean record.
The reason to have a lawyer assist is they can help you negotiate a settlement to the case that can help prevent the conviction, or perhaps "defer" it so that you can have it expunged down the road.