When a collision occurs and the person responsible leaves the scene of that accident intentionally, the act is referred to as a “hit and run.”
If you are involved in an accident and there is property damage, bodily harm, or the death of another person is caused, it is your responsibility to stop your vehicle while at the accident scene. You must then provide the property owner or other driver your insurance information, contact information, and your driver’s license information. If you do not do this and flee the scene, then you could be charged with a serious traffic offense.
The truth is, this simple charge can have quite a major number of consequences when background checks are performed on you.
What Should You Do?
Depending on the allegations ... you could face anywhere from a misdemeanor to a felony charge. You could also face a fine and/or serious jail/prison time. The concern of law enforcement tends to be the fact that they believe there is another criminal act that led to the accident, such as drinking and driving or fleeing the scene of another incident. This can result in the case receiving a lot more scrutiny.
As an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney, I have defend clients accused of the following types of hit and run accidents:
- Pedestrian hit and run
- Vehicle hit and run
- Bicycle hit and run
- Property hit and run
If you are convicted, you might face probation and fines, as well as possible restitution to the property owner. You could also see action being taken ... to take away your driver's license.
My goal, in every case, as you your Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer is to have as many of those charges dismissed or reduced as possible.
There are some cases in which these charges are dismissed, such as in cases of mistaken identity.
Regardless of innocence or guilt, you can expect your attorney to thoroughly investigate the events and make sure that you receive the best result possible in the case. The better the result, the sooner you can move on with your life.
Whether there is merit to the charges or there is none at all, it is important that you secure the best possible criminal defense so that you can receive the best result in your case. To learn more about how the Rolloff Law Office can help you, call (612) 234-1165 to schedule a free consultation.