Hit-And-Run Defense After a DUI
DUI Defense Attorney Serving Cumming, GA
In our state, any person involved in an auto accident must perform certain actions before leaving the scene. This includes contacting emergency services, aiding the injured, or exchanging information with the other parties involved in the accident. In addition, it may also be necessary to provide a statement to police so that an accident report can be filed. If you fail to perform these actions after an accident, you could be charged with leaving the scene, or "hit and run" as it is also known.
It is recommended that you contact a DUI attorney at Zeliff | Watson if you have been arrested for leaving the scene in an effort to protect yourself from the penalties that you might face. In addition to our 25+ years of experience in the area of criminal defense, we have also had substantial training in effective courtroom advocacy. We may be able to secure the reduction or dismissal of your DUI charges as well as your charges for leaving the scene.
Penalties for Leaving the Scene in Forsyth County
If you have left the scene of an accident that resulted in injury to another or others, you could be charged with a felony offense. In addition to your normal duties after an accident, you are also required to report the injury or property damage to the local police office. This offense may be punished with fines, probation, community service, and jail time. Drivers who allegedly committed hit-and-run may also face legal action from the victim or the victim's loved ones.
- The specific penalties you could be facing include:
- Imprisonment for 1-5 years
- Between $300 and $1,000 in fines
If you are convicted of leaving the scene of an injury accident, the conviction will permanently remain on your criminal record, possibly affecting your future chances of obtaining employment, applying for loans, or enrolling in college. As the stakes in your case are high, it is to your benefit to seek the help of a skilled attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a DUI lawyer who can defend you against charges related to leaving the scene of an accident.