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How did the police place you as being involved in the hit and run if they admitted that it was not the correct truck? Did someone identify you personally?
Hello again --
I apologize that it took some time to get back to you -- I was offline for a while there. Because this is or will be a criminal matter you may be entitled to a court appointed attorney if your income falls into the low income guidelines for your county and state. In order to determine this, you need to go to the courthouse and go to the clerk's office for criminal business and ask them for the application and financial paperwork you need to submit to apply for a court appointed attorney. You can also do this on your first court date -- just arrive one half hour early and go to the clerk's office for the paperwork. The prosecutor's office will then talk to you about what happened and did not happen and see if you qualify for a court appointed attorney. If you do not qualify for a court appointed attorney then you will have to hire and pay for your own attorney in these matters (sorry) but you may be able to get assistance through a legal aid office in your area (you can find local legal aid and legal assistance offices by performing an online search in your county and state and you should come up with a list of the closest ones to you). I do not know of any lawyers who will take a criminal matter legal case on a contingency basis or without a retainer/deposit -- generally speaking, that is not the manner in which legal representation in criminal matters is handled.
In order to show that you did not do this and had no involvement with a hit and run, either you or your attorney may have to hire a private investigator to investigate what happened and to find potential witnesses to come to court on your behalf (if the police are dead set on pursuing you alone, then they may be missing evidence of another driver -- they are simply not looking for it and that is where a P.I. would come in handy for you and your case). It will not do you any good to try to talk to witnesses yourself because the court might consider that an attempt to intimidate the witnesses on your part. You are generally not entitled to know what other cars came to the station and what other evidence that they have -- it has to be sent to your lawyer and private investigator by the prosecutor and then you will know what the prosecution has for "evidence".
I wish I could give you a quick and easy way under the law to make this go away, but one does not exist. I realize that it is unfair but hopefully with a little digging and a half decent attorney you can get this all to go away.
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