Jersey City, NJ asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for New Jersey

Q: Hello, someone hit a parked car while pulling out and thought there was no damage. He now has a court appointment.


Someone hits a parked car while pulling out of street parking and thought there was no damage on the other car. He just checked the car from rear mirror and left the scene.

A police officer called after a few days and said the car had camera and reported very minor damage.

The person admitted that he hit the car and gave his insurance. The insurance company called that they will payvthe claim.

The person got 3 tickets. Reckless drving, leaving scene of crime and property damage and has a court appointtment this wednesday.

What is the most likely punishment that the person will get? Thanks!

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2 Lawyer Answers
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: If handled correctly it could be reduced to something much less, maybe a parking violation. It could also go the other way and be a serious problem.

H. Scott Aalsberg
H. Scott Aalsberg
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You better tell your friend to hire a good lawyer. Your friend is facing up to 30 days in jail and 6 months loss of his license and some fines. If convicted which it sounds like it would be easy for the state to do, due to the video evidence, these penalties are a real possibility without good legal representation. Most of us traffic ticket laywers offer a free in office consultation, I would suggest that you tell your friend to set one up as this ticket is technically the worst ticket you can get in NJ with even a longer suspension period then a first offense DWI. Most of us traffic ticket lawyers here in NJ offer a free in office consultation, I would suggest that you tell your friend to set one up and get represented as this ticket is serious.

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