It is best to have an attorney handle any and all communications with police and other authorities. If one pleads guilty, they cannot plea bargain, but rather will be sentenced by the judge. Additionally, a guilty please (as opposed to nolo contendere) is definitive proof in a civil case - so, for example, if the car owner brought a civil suit for the economic damages to the car, a guilty plea would negate any possible defense, because the civil court could take "judicial notice" of the guilty plea, and therefore proceed with the civil suit and go straight to determining damages.
Additionally, if a person has a mental disability, or is on certain medications, that may be a mitigating factor. As such, it is important to first consult with an attorney prior to communication.
There are some organizations that offer free legal services to the disabled. A social worker in your area may be familiar with this. Another alternative is the local Area on Aging, as that organization addresses issues concerning both seniors and the disabled, and they typically have resources available to those segments of the population.
Many criminal lawyers can even be reached on the weekend.
Here is a link to the bar's referral page:
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