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Clinton Township, MI asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for Michigan

Q: Driver crashes into building (not under influence), are criminal charges a possibility?

New driver (not under the influence) crashes into building, does damage to building, gets careless driving ticket (has yet to go to court due to covid). At scene, police searched vehicle, found nothing, they did threaten to charge driver with a hate crime or malicious destruction of property (no idea why, it was an office building, not some type of group building). Building was closed at the time, so no injuries. It's been 3 months, no charges yet. Driver's father is saying they could still charge him with a crime. Could criminal charges still come?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: It's possible. I would imagine when he goes to court, the prosecutor will likely want him admit to careless driving right then or they'll charge him with reckless driving and malicious destruction of property.

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