Attorney for a Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run) Charge
If you’ve been charged with Hit and Run or Leaving the Scene of an Accident, your situation is more serious than you may realize. There are several reasons you need a top criminal defense attorney.
Car accidents happen and sometimes it’s difficult to figure out who caused the accident or how the accident occurred. Leaving the scene of the accident is a misdemeanor in Michigan and it may be a felony under certain circumstances. Often, the charge of leaving the scene of an accident is commonly referred to as a Hit and Run. Michigan drivers have a responsibility and a duty to stop at the location where the accident happened and immediately report it to law enforcement. If you’ve been accused of leaving the scene of an accident, even if the allegation is untrue, it would be in your best interests to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Ticketed for Hit and Run
Anyone who has been in a car accident knows that it is a frightening experience. The impact of the two vehicles can be painful or disconcerting. There could also be apprehension with confronting the other driver. Some people are fearful of getting out of the car or calling the police believing they would get in worse trouble. Sometimes, it could be such a minor bump and considered no big deal by both drivers that they just wave at each other and continue driving. In some cases, the impact may be so slight that a driver doesn’t even know a minor accident occurred. Now and then, a driver will hit an unattended vehicle and believe there’s no way or no need to get in touch with the owner of the car. Regardless of the situation, and it doesn’t matter if you caused the accident or not, failing to stop at the scene of the accident is a crime. Your actions for leaving the scene could result in a ticket for Leaving the Scene of an Accident otherwise known as a Hit and Run.
You may be wondering if your charge is a civil infraction and not a criminal offense because you received a ticket. Unfortunately, misdemeanors can be charged with a ticket in Michigan. If you take a at the ticket, look to the left of the line on the ticket that states the charge, you will see that it is marked “Misd,” and not “C/I.”
Possible Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Leaving the scene of an accident or hit-and-run is a serious crime. The penalties can vary depending on a few factors.
- If the accident resulted in only property damage to the vehicle, that is a misdemeanor with a possibility of 90 days in jail and up to two years of probation.
- If the accident caused any injury to another person, that is a misdemeanor as well, and there could be fines of up to $1,000.00 with a potential for jail time up to one year and up to two years of probation.
- Should there be serious bodily injury or death because of the accident, that would be a felony with fines up to $5,000.00, up to 5 years in prison and up to 5 years on probation.
- If it is determined that the driver caused the death of another individual, this is a felony and could be punishable up to 15 years in prison and fines of $10,000.00. If the defendant receives a year or less in jail, he or she may also be ordered to serve 5 years on probation.
- For either a misdemeanor or felony, the penalties are steep and in addition to jail time or fines, the court could suspend your driver’s license, impose probation, drug or alcohol testing, community service, among other things.
What to Do If You Didn’t Stop at the Scene of an Accident
If you have been charged for leaving the scene of an accident or even if you are fearful that you will be approached by law enforcement to be charged at a later date, contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. It is always best to have an advocate on your side to ensure that you are treated fairly. Well-versed criminal defense attorneys, like those with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will be familiar with police practices, how best to negotiate with tough prosecutors, and how to get the best result in court. There may have been reasons for why you did not stop at the scene of an accident and an experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to advocate on your behalf.
Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyers That Will Protect You
The team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will zealously defend you if you have been charged or believe you are going to be charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident or Hit and Run. They have years of experience and have a track record of unparalleled results for their clients. The LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. criminal defense law firm will execute any number of strategies to protect your rights and preserve your freedom. We offer a free consultation, so call us at (248) 263-6800 and share your side of the story. If you would prefer, you can complete a Request for Assistance Form and someone from the firm will contact you, promptly.