If you are involved in a vehicle accident resulting in injuries or fatalities,
you are legally required to remain at the scene, even if you did not cause
the accident, and render any assistance that is needed. You are also expected
to provide your name, address, vehicle license number and insurance information,
as well as show your license to the other driver or vehicle occupants.
If you leave, you can be charged with the offense of hit and run.
There are two main types of hit and run cases. The first is hit and run attended, a gross misdemeanor. This is when the vehicle (or object) that has been hit is occupied. The consequences are up to 1 year in jail, up to a $5,000 fine and a mandatory 1 year driver's license suspension.
The second is hit and run unattended, which is where the vehicle is not occupied, or parked. This is considered a misdemeanor. The consequences are up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Hit and run cases involving injuries are class C felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a maximum of $10,000 in fines. In cases involving a fatality, you will be charged with a class B felony, and can be sentenced to:
A Lynnwood criminal defense lawyer should be contacted immediately if you have been involved in a hit and run. If there were witnesses to the accident, they may have taken down your license plate number as well as physical description and reported it to law enforcement. The police may be looking for you, and there may also be a warrant out for your arrest. A skilled defense attorney can intervene and help you resolve your legal problems.
Dichter Law Office, PLLC is a seasoned firm that can give you valuable legal advice if you are facing hit and run charges. As experienced attorneys, we can provide effective legal representation in your case. We will work to mitigate the charges against you and do everything possible to prevent the loss of your freedom.
Contact a Lynnwood criminal defense lawyer at our office for prompt legal assistance if you were involved in a hit and run accident.