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Hello, My partner caused a car accident - nobody was injured but he caused a damage on a bus shelter and was just above the drinking limit. He is being charged with drink driving and leaving the scene of an accident, although he didn't leave the scene, he just walked away of the car because he could smell something just after it happened and got scared the car could catch a fire. Anyway, he is going to court this Friday (April,12th) and thinks getting a solicitor is 'waste of money' (although I strongly disagree with him), and I'm really scared whether he can actually end up in a prison. Could you kindly advise what charges he could get if he's found guilty? Is it ok for him to go without a solicitor or is he going to make it just worse? What would you suggest to do, say in a court?
PS: He is foreign (so am I), but apparently an interpreter should be present and we live in Corby, Northamptonshire UK. He never had any problems with the law or a police. Many thanks.
I'm not sure, probably not guilty or shall he plead guilty?
I just called him and he said he is pleading guilty in terms of the drink driving but about about leaving the scene, he is going to say he was in a shock a thought the car was going to catch a fire, so he and his mates walked towards his friends house that is close to were the accident happened.
Hi, many thanks for the answer - I did rate you answer.
And yes, please if you could give us more information that would be much appreciated. From your personal opinion, what would you suggest to do please?
Also, can he actually end up in prison for leaving the scene?
Thank you very much, that calmed me down a little.
Thanks for all the answers! Bye