Northampton, MA asked in Criminal Law for Massachusetts

Q: Left scene of auto damage but spoke with police within the hour. What can I expect?

I hIt the back of a parked car and left the scene. There was nobody in the area, no people were injured and I did not see any damage to the car (mine was fine). However, apparently there was a witness and there was damage. The police contacted me and I met them at my car within the same hour. I was told I would not receive a citation, I provided my insurance information and license, and told to wait for a court summons. What can I expect in court? This has never happened to me before. I have a good driving record.

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Joseph B. Simons
Joseph B. Simons
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Boston, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: Based on your description, I'm guessing you'll get a notice to appear for a clerk magistrate hearing. Keep an eye out for your mail, as these notices come in an envelope from the court. For your information, these are the elements of Leaving the Scene:

1. You operated a motor vehicle

2. On a public road, or in a place where the public has access

3. You caused damage to another vehicle or other property

4. You knew that you caused the damage

5. You failed to stop and give your information (i.e., name, address, insurance)

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