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I may have scratched a car in a parking lot today. I didnt

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I may have scratched a car in a parking lot today. I didn't notice any damage until I got to my next stop. I have a SUV and didn't hear anything. I have some scratches on my car which I initally thought might have come from a cart. What should I do now, I am worried that the cops are going to come and get me. I live in Wisconsin
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  JB Umphrey replied 5 years ago.
Hi and thank you for using JustAnswer!

I am sorry to learn of your experience. At this juncture, there is nothing that you can do. Hopefully, no news is good news.

If the police do contact you, you have the constitutional right to remain silent and to politely decline to answer their questions. This 27-minute video explains the important of not answer officer questions when you may be suspected of a crime. You can watch it here:

Otherwise, you can be arrangements, if you want, to have your car repaired.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I have been looking at the internet and it says that they can come arrest me if it was reported and someone took my license Would they have been here already
Expert:  JB Umphrey replied 5 years ago.
Not necessarily. It's possible that no police report has been filed (yet) or the department could be short on manpower, or they won't do anything until Monday. There are a lot of unpredictable variables. If one has a garage, it's a good thing to keep the auto parked in the locked/closed garage until any repairs are made. Police enter the locked garage without a warrant.