‘Hit and run’, ‘failure to report an accident’, and/or ‘failure to remain at accident’ are terms that are frequently grouped alongside one another. In most cases, the process in investigating these crimes are for law enforcement officials to seek an admittance of guilt from the accused. If you or someone you know is being investigated for a hit and run, we strongly recommend seeking legal counsel prior to speaking with any law enforcement personnel.
Firstly, we must define what precisely a hit and run is. Any time that a driver has an accident with another vehicle or person and they do not stop at the scene, leaving with the intention of not being found responsible for said accident, this is considered a criminal offence. This offence may also pertain to a refusal to provide name and address at the scene, in addition to failing to offer assistance in the event that someone appears injured and/or requires assistance.
If these events have resulted in you being charged with a hit and run, contacting a criminal lawyer is key. The faster that an experienced defence paralegal can be contacted, the more likely that you will be provided the defence you deserve. Since 1991, we have defended hundreds upon hundreds of these cases. At times, law enforcement may lack evidence to secure a conviction and/or may be using means to solicit an admission of guilt or evidence not in your favor. Remember that you have the right to remain silent. Anything that is said by you, friends, or family can be used as evidence by law enforcement towards a conviction. The best advice we can provide is to not speak to the police prior to having a lawyer present. Instead, call us immediately.
The primary difficulty in any hit-and-run case is proving who was at the wheel beyond a reasonable doubt. By having a professional defence on the case, the accused is likely to see better results than going it alone. We always remind our clients that every case is different. There may be options available that may help in protecting your rights as a driver and in ensuring you receive a fair trial. With significant experience in hit and run cases, the first step is in controlling the information that the police can obtain from the client. Next is formulating a defence and assessing the case to determine a way forward.
If a conviction is acquired on a hit-and-run charge, the accused may end up with a prison sentence of five years or more. If the accident has resulted in bodily harm to another person and the driver did not stop with the awareness of this, the sentence may be ten years or more. Should an injury have occurred from this accident that resulted in death, the convicted may see a life sentence.
There are many excellent reasons to solicit a lawyer on hit-and-run charges and to defend yourself. The serious consequences are very much ‘for life’. The damage that will follow is tough to withstand and, as a driver, you will never have the same rights you had before. The penalties associated with hit and run charges are severe, in addition to potentially resulting in fines and having a permanent effect on one’s car insurance rates. Needless to say, this is not something to wait on.
There is no need to face these charges alone. Contact us today to speak with a legal representative who will be able to advise you on your unique case. Believe us when we say that we have the experience, knowledge, and persistence to deliver to you the best possible outcome for hit-and-run charges.