Should I get an attorney for failure to stop affter accident damage to realty? 27 Answers as of June 18, 2013

Should I get a lawyer for failure to stop after accident damage to realty?

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C Meryl Murphy, Attorney-at-Law, LLC
C Meryl Murphy, Attorney-at-Law, LLC | Candace M Murphy
Yes, you should seek a consultation with an attorney to determine the extent of liability and damages.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 6/2/2013
Klisz Law Office, PLLC
Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
It is a serious crime. Yes, you certainly need an attorney to assist you.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/14/2012
Toivonen Law Office | John Toivonen
Anytime you have been involved in accident that results in physical harm or property damage, you should contact a lawyer. Not only can you be liable for money damages, failure to stop can result in a criminal charge.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/14/2012
Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
Get your carrier to pay the damage and show the receipt to the DA he will likely throw the ticket out
Answer Applies to: North Carolina
Replied: 3/14/2012
David F. Stoddard
David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
It is always better to get an attorney for any criminal charge. This particular charge is one that you can often avoid jail time without the services of an attorney. However, an attorney can help assure you get the best possible result, possibly avoiding a criminal conviction altogether.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Replied: 3/14/2012
    Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C.
    Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C. | William M. Quitmeier
    Yes, you can save points and/or not confess to civil liability by pleading guilty.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Law Offices of David W. Hibbert
    Law Offices of David W. Hibbert | David W. Hibbert
    Whether you'll need an attorney or not will depend upon your jurisdiction. If it is not considered a serious offense in your state , then perhaps you should not need an attorney. If you are concerned with the fine, the potential points which may be assessed against your license , and possible insurance rate increases, then consult a local attorney. Sometimes the offense can be reduced to some other lesser included charge in exchange for cooperation in the prosecution. Of course if you have been falsley accused , you should consult a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Goodman & Goodman PA | Bruce Elliott Goodman
    Assuming that you are talking about a traffic court charge, yes, you should.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Paris Blank LLP
    Paris Blank LLP | Irving M Blank
    If you are charged with hit and run, you should absolutely get an attorney. If you are not charged, just report it to your insurance company and let them handle the civil claim.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Rags Beals Seigler Patterson & Gray
    Rags Beals Seigler Patterson & Gray | Ronald D. Reemsnyder
    If you plan on pleading quilty and paying a fine, an attorney isn't needed. If you may face jail time or if you wish to contest the charges you should hire an attorney. Another thing to consider is the right of the property owner to pursue a damage claim against you. A quilty plea can be used against you. If you are worried about the aide of the property damage claim an attorney can help. Lastly, you should notify your auto insurer ASAP and talk with your agent- you may have coverage for the property damage you caused .
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Attorney at Law | Maurice Kemp
    Not sufficient information, but the answer is yes.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC | Patrick E. Donovan
    I would. If you are charged with conduct after an accident, then you could lose your license and points toward a habitual offender certification. If you driving record is good, any competent attorney can at the very least negotiate that charge down.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Pingelton Law Firm | Dan Pingelton
    Yes. Failing to stop after an accident can be a real problem. Get a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Definitely hire a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/18/2013
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    If you have been charged criminally, you should talk to an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/18/2013
    Tucker Griffin Barnes, PC | Yvonne T. Griffin
    If you are the driver who failed to stop after causing property damage, you should speak with a criminal/traffic law attorney. Such a charge, if convicted, is a misdemeanor that can carry a sentence of a fine and/or jail time of up to 12 months. If you are the property owner whose property was damaged by the hit and run, you should speak with an attorney so you will know your options and how to proceed. Most people handle minor property claims without the help of an attorney. The reason is: if your property is damaged, you want the entire amount of the settlement to fix or replace the property. If you hire an attorney and pay the fee, you may not have enough to pay or replace your property. If the property's value is great, you should definitely consult a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Bruce Plesser | Bruce Plesser
    Its a crime to leave the scene involving personal or property damage.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 3/13/2012
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