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A Hit & Run Letter From The City of Miami Police

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If you are suspected of committing a hit & run in the City of Miami, you will likely receive a letter in the mail from the City of Miami Police Department advising that your vehicle is suspected of being involved in such a crash.  Even if you were not driving the car or do not recall getting into a crash (it could be minor), the registered owner of the vehicle will be notified since this information is provided to police through the tag number on the car.

If you receive this letter, don't panic. Even if you were in a hit & run, it is not the end of the world. It does not even mean that you will be charged criminally. It is simply an investigation being conducted by the police.

The absolute worst thing you can do is ignore the letter. These matters don't go away on their own. The second worst option is to try and handle it yourself. Understand that a letter from a police department indicates that a criminal investigation is underway.

It serves your interests to talk with a criminal defense attorney considering you are facing criminal penalties if the investigation results is a decision to charge you with a crime. Hit & run, or leaving the scene of an accident, is a crime in Florida with penalties that include jail time, fines, court costs, and a possible criminal conviction.

In the investigation stage, it may be possible the have the matter either dismissed or resolved with the issuance of a non-criminal ticket, which would mean that you would not be charged with a crime.

I have worked with detectives from the City of Miami Police Department's Hit & Run Unit for over a decade, and I am happy to assist you if you receive this letter in the mail.

Feel free to contact me.