Accidents happen. People understand that. But, when you are accused of leaving the scene of an accident, you may find yourself facing felony charges. How you respond to the charges you are facing can make the difference between having a criminal conviction on your record and securing an outcome that protects your driving privileges and helps you avoid consequences like jail and fines.
Talk With An Attorney Before You Talk To The Police
Many hit-and-run accident investigations begin with the police contacting the owner of the vehicle that was witnessed leaving the scene of the accident. Few people have legal representation at that time and they often freely provide information to the police. It is hard to know what information might incriminate you unless you have the counsel of a seasoned attorney to guide you. Do not make a costly mistake that could lead to you being convicted of a hit-and-run.
Hit-and-run accidents fall into two categories:
- Unattended - No one was in the vehicle that was struck and only property damage resulted.
- Attended - Someone was in the vehicle that was struck. A conviction for an attended hit-and-run carries a one-year drivers license suspension without the possibility of obtaining an occupational license.
The severity of the charge and the potential consequences for a hit-and-run accident depend on factors such as whether or not any injuries or fatalities were caused by the accident. Hit-and-run accidents can be charged as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or a felony.
Focused On Traffic Defense Since 1999
At The Law Offices of W. Andrew Phipps, our focus on defending people against traffic-related offenses allows us to offer our clients representation that has the skill and experience necessary to craft the defense they need against hit-and-run charges. Attorney Andrew Phipps is committed to delivering highly effective defense against hit-and-run charges. Since 1999, he has defended thousands of people against traffic offenses throughout Washington. His experience and skill are invaluable in securing the outcome you need.
Effective Hit-And-Run Defense In Newcastle, Washington
We can help you build the strong defense you need against hit-and-run charges. To schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney, call 425-688-0787 or contact us online.