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Q: Didnt report an accdent have witness that I stayed 3 hrs trying to get truck out of ditch, no injuries or damage.

Dodged a deer, got stuck in ditch. Didn't call the police. No one was hurt, truck not damaged. No property damage. Stayed 3 hrs trying to get several ppl to pull it out, but no one could. A neighbor said that in the morning her husband coukd pull it out with a tractor. So we all went home. The neighbor actually called the state trooper and he had my truck impounded. Finally tracked down the trooper (he was off) talked to his Lt. and he said I would receive citations for not reporting an accident and fleeing the scene. I was there for 3 hours! No one was hurt, no property damage,no damage to my truck! I didnt know I had to report it to the police when there was nothing to report!

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Anthony M. Avery

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  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: You probably committed the charged offense. But a General Sessions Judge might Dismiss it. But you will still have to pay for the impoundment fee and maybe other costs. If he finds you guilty, it should not affect your License, and if it does, demand a DOS Hearing.

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Peter N. Munsing

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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: You need to get with a lawyer who handles traffic cases before that judge. You don't want to mess with a leaving the scene. If the farmer was there etc. to me it's a defense that those who needed to know were in the know, etc. However state troopers tend to be rigid so get a lawyer.

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