Charge: Hit Skip, First Degree Misdemeanor (maximum 180 days in jail and $1,000 fine).
Facts: Client was driving on a narrow two lane road at approximately 2:00 a.m. when she struck a rock at the end of a private drive. Client left the accident scene and managed to drive her car to the end of the road where she parked it and walked home. The next morning, less than eight (8) hours later, client returned to her car to find two police officers inspecting the damage. Before client even had twenty four (24) hours to report the crash allowed under the statute, police wrote her a ticket. Police told the client that they wrote her the ticket for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report the accident to police.
Result: After arguing at length with the assistant prosecuting attorney that the State failed to allow the client the twenty four (24) hours to report the accident, the State reduced the Hit Skip charge and the client pled guilty to the charge of Failure to Control, Minor Misdemeanor. Client only had to pay a fine and court costs.