My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: Maryland
About a year ago I got in trouble for driving on a suspended license and received a Probation Before Judgement when I went to court. My license are suspended b/c of a few unpaid tickets. A few months ago I had a doctors appointment and used my fiances car to drive there and on my way home, right around the corner from my house, I hit a parked car. I panicked and instead of stopping, drove home to get my fiance and no sooner than walking through the door a police officer pulls up outside. I know how stupid and idiotic it was of me and I realize that I now have to suffer the consequences and pay for my actions. I'm being charged with a total of six different things, one of which is a ticket and the other five are must appears. They are as follows: 1. Failure of vehicle driver to stop after unattended vehicle damage accident 2. Failure of vehicle driver in accident to locate and notify owner of unattended veh of damage 3.Failure of M/V driver to furnish written ID info on unattended damaged veh. 4. Failure of veh. driver invoked by accident to give insurance policy info 5. Person driving motor veh. on hwy on suspended license 6. Driving/Attempting to drive motor veh. on hwy w/o required license and authorization.
Unfortunately with all of these charges I cannot afford to hire a paid attorney, but was able to get a public defender. I had one the last time I was in trouble and you don't get to talk or discuss anything with them until the day of court. I guess my questions are, What are the chances of me having to serve jail time? How much time am I facing? What if anything can I do before my court date to help me avoid getting jail time? I currently am unemployed with three children and with only one income coming in, money is tight. I was hoping to be able to pay off the previous tickets that I owe so that I can get my license back before court, but I'm not sure if that will make a difference or not. I'm thinking that they may suspend my license for a while anyway. I am petrified of going to jail and the possibility that my children may be without me. Well I hope I didn't give you all too much info and any opinions/information would be very much appreciated. Thanks!