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I just received a letter from the police department stating that my vehicle was involved in a hit and run,and was told to contact a detective with the Traffic Investigation Unit. What steps should I take?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have hit and run charges been filed? If so, when is the next court date?

I don't have a court date I just received the letter last Friday

Lawyer's Assistant: In what state did the hit and run occur?

Sacramento ca

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

I don't have a license or insurance ,I just got the vehicle.

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I am sorry to hear about this. First of all, WAS your vehicle involved in a hit and run? With you, or possibly another driver who was borrowing your vehicle?

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That is fine. Thank you for explaining. First of all, understand how this works.

1) a police complaint is filed;
2) the police investigate by questioning all parties involved and reviewing the evidence;
3) they pass on the information to the District Attorney;
4) the D.A. makes a decision whether to charge or not.

What might the detective want?

Because he wants to get your version of the events. At this time, you DO NOT HAVE TO talk to the police, but of course if you do not, this may pass off as suspicious. Ergo, most parties do respond, but, with counsel. Do not talk to the police alone, because they will try to get you to admit something and/or use your words against you. An attorney can help you make a formal statement and/or an interview that is controlled and measured.

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