I have received a letter from police saying i scratched a car's door while opening my door in parking and left the scene and according to german law its a criminal offense. Since no injury was involved it might be just a fine. But the question I have is , my wife has applied for family reunion visa and whether my record would affect her visa to germany?
What you need for your spouse to be eligible for "Familiennachzug" (Family Reunion) is:
Der Ehegattennachzug zum in Deutschland lebenden ausländischen Ehegatten richtet sich nach § 30 Abs. 1 AufenthG. Der in Deutschland lebende Ausländer, zu dem der Nachzug stattfinden soll, muss danach u.a.:
- seit zwei Jahren eine Aufenthaltserlaubnis besitzen, deren Verlängerung auch nicht ausgeschlossen ist, oder
- eine Niederlassungserlaubnis beziehungsweise Erlaubnis zum Daueraufenthalt-EG besitzen, oder
- eine Aufenthaltserlaubnis für in anderen Mitgliedsstaaten der EU langfristig Aufenthaltsberechtigte besitzen.
The one in italics is probably the one relevant for you: You need to have a residency permit for two years and there is no reason why it should not be extended further.
So is this "Fahrerflucht" an act that would endanger your residency permit or it's extension?
Generally speaking the residence permit will not be extended if you are a danger to society. If you are expected to repeat your crime or commit other crimes like it or if it was a "Schwere staatsgefährdende Straftat" (bascially a crime aimed at destroying the Germans state, spying, terrorism, uprisings etc). Personally, as a layman, I'd say a traffic accident with no injuries, even if it ends up being "Fahrerflucht" is none of those. I am not afraid that you will go through my neighborhood damaging more cars on purpose. So as a normal citizen, I'd say you are fine.
However the law is not for "normal citizens", so please consult a lawyer immediately, even if it's only to get the best representation for your court hearing.
Since no injury was involved it might be just a fine.
Did you report it yourself to police within 24 hours? Then you can get away with a fine. If not, it becomes a Verkehrsstraftat and goes to court. Regardless how minor you think it might be, and also regardless if you have noticed it yourself or not. A judge will hear witnesses and decide what happened in reality.
- You need a defence lawyer. As quick as possible. He can also give you advice regarding your wife's family reuinon visa.