Hit and Run and the Guilty Conscience

Peter Aiken
Criminal Defense Attorney

That is a bad combination. Confession may be good for the soul but in this world, it will only land you in State prison for many years.

If you are involved in a hit and run fatality, you face serious consequences.

If you are determined to come forward, you really should seek legal counsel before doing so. You cannot bring back a life. The accident may not have been your fault. Many times hit and run fatalities involve pedestrians walking at night. Many times the pedestrians are drunk and stumble into the road or do something that is their own fault. In most hit and run situations, the driver panics and flees. This is often because the driver is driving on a suspended license or worse yet impaired by alcohol. A DUI fatality can result in a lengthy prison sentence and often the driver, in his or her impaired state, simply drives away.

You may deeply regret being involved in the accident.

You cannot turn back the clock and take back a bad decision.

Maybe you should not have been driving.

Maybe you should never have gotten in the car intoxicated.

All of that is now in the past. You can only change the future. Going to the police and confessing at this point will only get you charged.
The crime is not having the accident.
The crime is leaving the scene.

As a criminal defense lawyer, my job is to help you through these troubled times. The police may well be looking for the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle may have been damaged. Do not discuss what happened with anyone other than an experienced criminal defense attorney. What you say to a lawyer is “privileged” and you can get advice confidentially. What you say to friend or relative is not and you may make them a witness against you. Do not file a false police report. Do not report the car stolen. This will only make the situation worse. If you were involved in a hit and run and you are feeling guilty about it, you can call for a free confidential consultation in Ft. Myers at 239 334 8890, Charlotte and Desoto 941 366 3506 or if you are in Sarasota you can call 941 366 3506. Do not talk to the police without first talking to a lawyer



Punta Gorda

Fort Myers

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