I Got Into A Car Accident While On Probation. How Can I Protect Myself?
A car accident can ruin your week. Besides the potential physical injuries that you can sustain, being involved in a collision is a pain. It costs you time and often money, plus there is the headache of having to deal with the insurance company, the adjuster, a rental car, and the repair shop. However, if you are on probation at the time of the accident, this can complicate matters even more. So what can you do to protect yourself in the case of an accident while you are on probation?
One of the worst things you can do if you get into an accident is to panic and flee the scene. This can take you from being the victim or receiving a minor traffic violation to a much more serious offense. No matter how worried you are about the implications on your probation, a hit and run can only make it worse. Stay calm and stay put.
If the police come to the scene, then this would be considered contact with the police, which means that you need to report the incident to your parole officer. Being involved in a car wreck in and of itself is not a violation of parole. If you were doing something illegal at the time, or breaking the rules of your parole agreement, then that could be an issue. But it is better to be forthcoming and report the contact with the police rather than your parole officer finding out by other means.
Don’t Admit Fault
A car wreck is not a violation of your parole, but certain traffic tickets might be considered a violation. It is obviously best to avoid a ticket if you can, and admitting that the accident was your fault could cost you more than a small traffic fine.
Call Your Lawyer
If you are on parole and find yourself in a traffic accident, the first call you should make is to your lawyer. At the Kia Law Firm, we have the experience in criminal law to assist you with any potential probation violations and will do anything in our power to keep you out of jail. Before you do anything else, give us a call. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today online or call (855) 662-2723.