Fail to Remain at a Single Vehicle Crash
Last year I was involved in a single vehicle accident. I swerved to miss a raccoon (is what i think it was, anyways) and hit a curbed meridian. No injuries, noone else involved. I bent a rim on the car though and it looked like the tire was losing pressure bigtime, so I parked the car and went home to get a car dolley to tow it home and save on some ridiculous tow bill.
Turns out someone heard it and called the police and they were at my house not long after. The officer was nice enough, but gave me two tickets. One was failure to remain at the scene of an accident 68(1) and Driving without due care 144(1)(a).
Now, can I get a criminal record for these offences? Should I just take my medicine and pay them or challenge it in court?
I don't believe the 68(1) charge even applies to me because I've found cases from the Supreme Court ruling that 68(1) doesn't apply to single vehicle accidents. More than anything tho, I just don't want to lose my license or get a criminal record over this stupid mistake.
Can you shed any light on this? I might have ONE ticket on my record in the last 6 years if that makes a difference.