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Yes, in a case like this he needs to have a lawyer present. Leaving the scene of the accident is a criminal offense and he can get a criminal record from this which can follow him the rest of his life. Since you're not an attorney you can't speak for him in court, he'll have to handle everything himself and if your son is like my kids (around the same age) that will likely only make things worse.
You can contact your insurance company and see if they will provide an attorney. They will if he is sued but many times they will help him with an attorney since it is related to the wreck.
Do you think it make any difference as there was very little damage (according to the officer my son talked with who issued the summons) and is there a special type of lawyer we should look for?
Look for a lawyer who does criminal defense. You can find one in the local telephone book or at www.lawyers.com. The amount of damage can make a difference in what the DA does but it is still can be a crime even if the damage is minimal. A lawyer may be able to convince the DA that the parties agreed to leave the scene and get the DA to dismiss it with a pretrial diversion or something else that doesn't leave a record.
ok, thank you for your help
Best wishes to you and your son. He should come out of this fine as long as he takes it seriously and listens to the lawyer.
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