TIPS TO AVOID MISTAKES AFTER A HIT & RUN ACCIDENT
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We understand how you feel . . . so let’s face it, you made a mistake in not stopping and exchanging information and you’re trying to figure out what to do next. You’re stress level is through the roof and you’re confused. You don’t want to do the wrong thing. These are all common feelings and emotions our clients have.
Let our 30 years of experience work for you !
Tip #1 - It is never a good idea to turn yourself into the police station (no matter how guilty you feel) without knowing all of the details about the accident. This includes understanding whether you or your vehicle have been identified by the other party, a witness, or the police.
Cooperation, at an early stage, frequently eliminates our clients from being arrested. We can help by negotiating with the police to keep this from happening and save you from this very unpleasant experience.
Tip #2 - Don’t call the police when you have left the scene of an accident without exchanging information or without consulting an attorney first. Typically once we have contacted the police this eliminates the police from coming to your home or place of employment.
Should the police contact you, we would advise you not to provide a statement without having the benefit of legal assistance first and an understanding the facts of the case and any evidence that the police have.
Tip #3 - If you car has been impounded by the police, and is being held for evidence for a hit and run accident, we can help ! Retaining an experienced hit and run defense lawyer will always expedite the release of your car. You should understand that your vehicle will not be released until you have provided a statement of the facts, proof of your driver’s license and insurance. (We can help even if you don’t have a valid driver’s license or insurance.) We work with our clients to provide written statements to the police to avoid our clients from being interrogated by the officer and possibly saying something that makes their situation worse. Often, we can even avoid our clients from going to the police station altogether.
Tip #4 - Honesty may or may not, be the best thing for you to do without knowing more about the facts of the case including “has anyone identified you or your vehicle”. Be cautious, all statements made to the police by you can be used against you. Before making a statement to the police, know your options and have a strategy to put you in the best light.
Tip #5 - Don’t make your situation worse by making false statements to the police or your insurance company (like my car was stolen, when it wasn’t). If you have already done this, we can help correct these mistakes to avoid more trouble.
Tip #6 - It is in your best interest to understand the facts of your case from both sides prior to filing an insurance claim. Although fault is not an issue, as far as the police are concerned, it is critically important to the decision of your insurance company whether or not to agree to pay the other party’s claim.
Tip #7 - Frequently, the police will not tell you what evidence they have before they interview you, but they will usually tell your lawyer. This creates a major advantage for you before deciding what to say to the police. Knowledge is power!
Tip #8 - If you have received a letter from the police to contact them, or a notice from the court that a case has been filed against you, it is advisable to consult an attorney immediately before taking any action. If you have a Court case, we can still fight to have all charges dismissed through a civil compromise with the consent of the other party and the Judge. This will result in a total dismissal of all charges and penalties.
Tip #9 - Be aware that retaining the services of a hit and run specialist to protect your freedom and good record is the most important step you can take to successfully resolving your legal problem.
Our law firm is dedicated to helping our clients make every effort to cooperate and work with the police to avoid hit and run charges being filed against you.
We offer potential clients a free phone consultation to learn your options to successfully resolving your legal problem.
We charge reasonable fees and offer clients payment plans without any additional cost. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted. No office visit is required and we can begin work on your case immediately without the necessity of coming into the office.