Nicole, thank you for the additional information. In situations where the collision involves an unattended vehicle or property, the law require the motorist to attempt to locate the owner in order to provide the required information. If the owner cannot be located, the driver is directed to leave a written notice on the vehicle or property, disclosing the motorist's name and address. The motorist is expected to follow-up by notifying the police of the accident. Violation of these provisions is usually considered a summary offense punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both. In addition, violators will be assessed points under the state's system for driver education and control. If you are able to just pay this and there is no court
appearance required, then by doing so, it would be an admission of guilt and points would be assessed. However, you do have every legal right to plea not guilty, appear in court and make the state prove the charge against you, beyond a reasonable doubt. If nobody was present to witness this, it is possible that you could have a legal defenses if nobody could place you behind the wheel of the vehicle. If you did not want to go to trial
, you could always take a plea deal and see if the State would amend the charge or offer a plea that would not result in as many points. If you are going to plea not guilty, then you should retain a criminal
defense attorney. They can look over the facts and see what defenses you may have. In addition, they can speak with the prosecutor and see if they may be willing to work out a plea deal that is in your best interest, rather then go to trial.
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