Q: Im 17, hit parked car and left. Now hit/run reckless drive prop damage.Turns out it was police chiefs car.Need attorney?
The car I made contact with was the police chiefs kid at school. I didn't think I did any damage police report shows some paint bubbling and a scratch. It seemed really outrageous that they would press charges since I offered to pay for the damage and apologized profusely when I was contacted by the police. Then I found out that it is the police lieutenant for the state of California who owns the vehicle. Now I am worried that theDA will feel pressured to go ahead and press charges since this is a high-profile person. Everybody I have talked to says they usually drop charges like this since I am a minor and have no other record. I am in the process of joining the Air Force and this is stalling my security clearance. Do I need an attorney for this?? The charges have been filed and I have been told to wait until the district attorney contacts me.
A: you need an attorney to deal with criminal charges. He can also help negotiate payment for the damage. You don't talk about your insurance, I assume you have none, could be a ticket in that for you as well, currently $900+ if no insurance, get some right away before the charges land, you will do better in court. Next time you hit a car, anyone's car, leave a note with your information and contact info on it.
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