Hit and Run Cases
Any person who operates a motor vehicle and is involved in an accident is required by law to stop in a safe place, provide information to the owner of whatever property may have been damaged (car, property, person, etc.), and render aid to anyone who was injured if necessary. Those who cause property damage and are unable to identify or contact the property's owner are legally required to leave a note with contact information and file an accident report with the police. Failure to do these things constitutes a hit and run.
If you have been charged with a hit and run, you should contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your legal rights and options.
When police investigate hit and run cases, they typically contact the suspect and ask that person to bring the car to the police station and give a statement. However, making a statement is not always in the suspect's best interest. In fact, experienced hit and run lawyers recommend against answering questions without first seeking legal counsel.
When a suspect is charged and convicted of a hit and run, sentencing usually takes into account:
- The nature of the accident
- The extent of damage
- Personal injuries
- Cooperation with law enforcement
- Criminal record
The police know that individuals have the right to remain silent before first consulting a lawyer, and exercising this right does not constitute refusal to cooperate. It is always advisable to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Sentences can range from a suspended license and fines to serious jail time. In addition, those convicted of a hit and run may lose their vehicle.
Hit and run is a serious charge that no one wants on their record. If you or a loved one has been accused of a hit and run, you need to ensure that you fully understand all of your rights and options. An experienced hit and run lawyer can provide you with the legal advice and assistance you need to fight a hit and run charge. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a qualified hit and run lawyer who will aggressively pursue your legal interests.
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