Knowles Law Firm, PLC Articles Understanding Charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Understanding Charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident

By Knowles Law Firm, PLC  Jan. 21, 2011 3:25p

Hit and run is a term used to describe when a driver collides with an object, a pedestrian or another vehicle and flees the scene otherwise referred to as "leaving the scene" of an accident. In Arizona, all drivers are required by law to take responsibility when they are involved in any kind of accident. When they don't take these necessary steps and flee the scene, depending on the damage caused, and if there was any bodily injury in the accident, they are committing either a misdemeanor or a felony offense. When a driver strikes either an object, a vehicle or a pedestrian, they are required to:

  • Stop and give the other driver their name, address, contact number, insurance and registration information
  • If you were unable to stop due to heavy traffic etc., you must return to the scene immediately
  • Show the other driver your driver's license upon request
  • If anyone was injured, provide the necessary first aid, get help and call an ambulance
  • If you strike an unoccupied vehicle, leave a note with your contact information

Refusal to do the above steps will result in criminal charges against you. Depending on the facts surrounding the case, the extent of the damage and whether or not anybody was injured in the accident will determine whether or not you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony offense. There may also be aggravating circumstances in the case, such as a DUI, which can result in enhanced penalties for a hit and run conviction.

Hit and Run Attorney in Tempe

If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run accident in Tempe or the surrounding areas, a Tempe criminal lawyer from the Knowles Law Firm, PLC can greatly assist you in your case. If you are convicted, you are facing jail or prison sentencing, heavy fines, victim restitution and probation. You will also have a permanent criminal record which will negatively affect your employment, housing and educational pursuits for years to come. When your future and your livelihood are at stake, an attorney from our firm can help defend your rights in an effort to reduce the consequences of a hit and run conviction.
Contacta Tempe Hit and Run Lawyer from our firm today for a free case evaluation.

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