It's natural to not want to tell your parents about the trouble that you're in in college. You're not alone in that situation. I was a freshman in college and it was a Thursday night. I was driving my dad's car and I was coming home. I crashed it about five minutes from my house. It was not too bad. I was able to make it home. My dad went to work the next day and I did not tell him. He came home after work. I told him at the end of the day. Of course, he was disappointed, but he said he wished I told him during the day so he could call the insurance company instead of, say, having to wait until Monday to do it. Of course, he was disappointed, but in hindsight, it would have been better to tell him right away. Many young people contact me having not told their parents. What I would always suggest is that they should tell their parents. They shouldn't go through the process alone. Too much is at stake. Too much is involved. You don't want to go through the process and come to a bad outcome on your own, and then your parents would find out either way. If your parents can help you through the process, you want to try to obviously avoid a potentially bad outcome. Also, having an experienced attorney advisor in your corner to help you understand and navigate the process, they're going to be a great ally in terms of getting you through to the other side, working towards a good outcome, a favorable outcome.
You should let your parents know. It's the best thing to do. Take it from someone who's been in that situation, in the sense of it's better to let them know sooner rather than later so that the appropriate action can be taken as soon as possible on your behalf.