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
R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Robert Kelly
If you were at fault, you should report it to your insurance company and they will either settle or defend the claim. If somebody else was at fault and damaged your property, you should probably confer with an attorney about it.
Answer Applies to: Washington
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
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
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
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