My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: Georgia
OK Somewhat unusual Story-
I was actually taking back from walmart parking lot and touched somebody's vehicle parked besides me. I came out of car checked that my car has minor dent and could not able to see any damage on other car so considering no accident came home (I know it is silly). 2 hours cop came and arrested me for hitting unattended vehicle, I was released in 2hours as my wife paid the bond.
In its report even cop has written that as per witness, I came out from car and checked other car. As per report it is "SLIGHT" damage and cost damage is given just $300.
I have no prior criminal records, No traffic violation tickets. I had valid license, registration and full insurance of my car. If it matters my age is 32 and family guy
Please suggest -
1) Should I hire a attorney? Or can take the case on my own
2) Should I Say "No Guilty" or Simply ask for plea bargain.
3) What can be the possible outcome (I talked with few seasoned traffic ticket attorneys, they said you will be just at max paying the $ fine no more jail)
4) What are my chances to bring the down this "Misdemeanor" charge to "Civil Infraction" or some less severe non moving violation (thru Plea bargain).
(I won't mind paying extra $ fine in lieu of dropping charges)
Any helpful tip would be appreciated....