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- Q. I rear-ended somebody. Other driver took off. My car is totalled. I was cited for FTC. Can I have charge dismissed?
- A: There is no way to answer your specific question with any degree of certainty because we do not have enough information. If there were no other witnesses besides you and the other driver, and assuming you have not incriminated yourself, the prosecutor will not be able to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In that event, you would be acquitted, which is not the same as the case being dismissed but is effectively a win nonetheless. I disagree with Ms. Rice that the damage to your car should be covered under your uninsured motorists coverage. Uninsured motorist insurance is a matter of contract between you and your insurer and applies when the tortfeasor (the AT-FAULT motorist) is uninsured or underinsured. Here, you were the at-fault driver, so your uninsured motorist insurance will not apply. However, if you had no liability insurance and the other driver had uninsured motorist insurance, the other driver could make a claim for uninsured motorist insurance benefits. Think of uninsured motorist insurance like you are buying liability insurance for the uninsured driver. My website is www.statesboroaccidentlawyer.com.
- Q. I am seeking advice on specific case regarding a serious injury and first time offense of a car wreck.
- A: Serious injury by vehicle is a felony. Your boyfriend needs to hire the best criminal defense lawyer he can afford, and follow that lawyer's advice. Quickly. The criminal case against your boyfriend is the state of Georgia versus your boyfriend, and the state of Georgia (through the District Attorney) is the one who gets to decide who to charge, which charges to file, and which charges not to file. If he hasn't already notified his liability insurer, he needs to do so IMMEDIATELY.
- Q. My gf got in a wreck while driving on suspended license but was cited for not having license on her. She paid ticket..
- A: By "report," I am assuming that you mean the accident report prepared by the investigating officer. If my assumption is correct, then what the officer wrote on the accident report is irrelevant. What matters is what the officer charged your girlfriend with and what she paid the ticket for. If the charge was driving without license on person, and she paid the fine for that offense, she may not have to go to court. However, some offenses carry a mandatory court appearance, so she needs to verify that fact by calling the Clerk, whose number should be on the back of the ticket. My website is www.statesboroaccidentlawyer.com.