Hit & Run charges, or “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” charges, have serious consequences. If damages exceed $1,000 or if collisions result in injuries, a hit & run charge is actually a felony. Penalties depend on the severity of damages, injuries and whether the hit vehicle was unattended at the time. Most charges result in heavy fines, suspension (and sometimes revocation) of your driver’s license and often jail time.
Don’t think because you are a passenger that you are off the hook. Passengers of hit & run accidents will face almost the same penalties as drivers if they fail to stop or provide identifying information.
Remember that a hit and run conviction will remain on your criminal record permanently. An experienced attorney can work to get those charges reduced or even dismissed. If you’ve been involved in a hit & run, give us a call at (757) 464-9224 today!