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I hit a car in a restaurant last night and left the scene. I drove home and called the restaurant and got a hold of the owner of the car. He said he filed a police report, and why did I leave? I told him that I panicked and left. I'm going to the police station and turn myself in. Are they going to through me directly into jail? Sincerely Jeff
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Nisha Jones
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I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

Leaving the scene of an accident is a misdemeanor offense, so unfortunately yes, it is a possibility that you'll be arrested when you go into the police station.

It would be adivisable for you to first retain a criminal defense lawyer before you go into the station.

Your lawyer may be able to negotiate something with the police officers such as a promise to appear in court, as opposed to being arrested and taken into custody.

A lawyer would also be able to make sure that your rights are not violated, and that you don't answer any self-incriminating questions.

I hope that helps!

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