All too often we hear about “hit and run” accidents where authorities are left looking for one of the parties involved in an accident involving a motor vehicle. This one just occurred this week in Mesa.
In Arizona, leaving the scene of a crime is a criminal offense. It can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony based on the seriousness of the accident. A “hit and run” occurs when a person is involved in an accident (whether it is their fault or not) and fails to immediately stop their vehicles at the scene or as close to the accident scene as possible. By law, all involved parties must be present to exchange information and offer assistance to authorities.
“Hit and Run” consequences can range from jail time and fines to community service and probation. License revocation (or license suspension) is also a common “hit and run” punishment. Drivers that leave the scene of an accident they were involved in also might find themselves facing costly insurance hikes.
Because these cases vary so much based on the surrounding circumstances, it is advisable that you meet with an Arizona criminal defense attorney to discuss your Arizona “hit and run” case and your options. There are defenses for hit and runs that do stand up in court. For a free initial consultation, call Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys at 480-378-9000 or fill out the request a consultation form to contact us now.