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I have a question about a hit and run

Lawyer's Assistant: In what state did this occur?

Virginia

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

Yes briefly since it was late Friday night

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I fleed the scene because I was scared of getting a dui

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Criminal Law
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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Good afternoon, I am a Criminal Defense attorney and former Prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office, and I'll be answering your questions today. Keep in mind this is for informational purposes only and we do not have an attorney-client relationship. Please allow me just a few minutes to review your question, thank you!

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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

Do you know whether there was any property damage OR personal injury caused in the accident?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
There was damage to the car but I am unaware of injuries
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I rear ended the car
Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 8 months ago

Thanks for the additional information. Give me just a few minutes to type up my response.

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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 8 months ago

What you've described is referred to as leaving the scene of an accident under criminal law.

If there was less than $1,000 worth of damages to the other vehicle, and no injury to the driver or passengers, then it will be charged as misdemeanor.

As a misdemeanor it would be punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or up to $2,500 in fines.

If the resulting property damage was more then $1,00 or if there was injury to the other party, this will be charged as a felony.

A felony would be punishable y up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

In either event, you could also face a 6 month license suspension.

Your choice now is whether to turn yourself in or not. Of course that's a decision you have to make on your won. Some things to consider are that if you turn yourself in the judge and prosecutor may deal more favorably with you. However, if you don't there's always a chance that you may not face charges on this at all ..unless there was a witness, your plate recorded, a traffic light camera or something of the sort.

I hope that helps!

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
They have the plate number but is there anyway they can prove who was driving?
Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 8 months ago

There is an initial assumption that if the plate is registered to you, that you were the driver at the time.

If that's not the case, then that is something that would have to be brought up to the prosecutor, and argued during negotiations and/or a trial.

If your plate was recorded, then you should consider voluntarily reporting in to the police.

I hope that helps. Let me know if you still have any questions.

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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Hi! Just checking in to see if you have any more questions? I hope I was able to address all of your concerns. Please let me know, I'm here to help. Thanks!

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