I was involved in a two car collision last year while making a left turn. I was at fualt, the police came and wrote the report, but never issued me any tickets, and said it was accident and to be carefull next time. Three months later I get a summon in the mail to appear in court for being charged with "Careless Driving" I've never had a ticket, never been in an accident before. Help!! is my case serious enough that I could be charged with a criminal record? and should I get a lawyer to appear in court with me? And would this charged also be dismissed if the police don't appear in court?