Richmond Hit & Run Attorney
Charged with Leaving the Scene? Call Our Criminal Defense Lawyers!
It is the duty of any driver to stop if involved in an accident that has
caused injury, death, or damage to property. If able, the driver must
help any injured parties, including calling for help — whether by
contacting an ambulance or law enforcement — or even taking the
injured to the doctor or hospital. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, hit
and run — also known as leaving the scene — can be a serious offense.
It is also the responsibility of the driver to provide the following information
to law enforcement and the person who was struck or to the custodian of
the damaged property:
- Driver's license number
- Vehicle registration number
If the driver, due to injuries of their own, is unable to comply with the
above listed requirements at the scene, they must do so as soon as possible.
Failure to follow through with these laws is considered a hit and run
or leaving the scene. There are serious repercussions for these offenses,
which are listed in the Code of Virginia § 46.2-894, § 18.2-10,
and § 18.2-11. This is why you should not hesitate to speak with a
Richmond traffic ticket lawyer as soon as possible following your charges.
What are the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident?
If convicted and the accident results in death or injury to anyone involved
in the accident or the damage to property is more than $1,000.00, this
is a Class 5 felony. This offense is punishable by between 1 and 10 years'
incarceration or a fine of up to $2,500.00, or both. If the damage to
property amounts to less than $1,000.00 and you are convicted of a hit
and run, this is a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 12 months
in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.00, either or both.
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Hit and run is a serious offense. Other charges may follow. If charged,
you will need to hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Call Carlson & Collier. We have over 75 Years of experience in the courtroom. Our
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