Accused Of A Hit-And-Run (Leaving The Scene Of An Accident?)?
In the state of Maryland, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident you were involved in is considered a serious traffic offense. If the accident resulted in injury or death of another person, you could even be subject to felony charges, which can bring very harsh penalties.
This a frightening position to be in. You may be worried about public perception as well as the criminal charges. The criminal defense attorneys of Henley & Henley, Attorneys at Law, can defend you against hit-and-run charges and any related traffic offenses you may be facing. Call us immediately to protect your rights at 410-734-5536.
Maryland Hit-And-Run Law
If you did not cause the accident and no bodily injury resulted, you are still required to remain and exchange relevant information. Even if the initial ramifications of the accident may have been minor, a hit-and-run charge for leaving the scene can lead to very steep penalties.
- A conviction for leaving the scene of an accident is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. It also counts as 8 points against your driver’s license.
- Leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000. A hit-and-run in which someone dies is charged as manslaughter and carries up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Defense For Charges Of Leaving The Scene
There may be valid defenses or mitigating factors for charges of hit-and-run. We examine the circumstances of the accident, witness reports, the victim’s account and the police report for opportunities to challenge the allegations or tell another side of the story.
Did you remain at the scene for some time before leaving? Did you render aid to the other party? Our attorneys will help you establish a strong legal defense while also exploring alternatives such as pleading to a lesser charge. We do everything in our power to avoid a hit-and-run conviction and jail time, and to preserve your driving privileges.
Find Out How We Can Help
Our experienced attorneys regularly handle traffic crimes as well as felony criminal defense. It is important that you involve an attorney early to protect your rights and keep your options open. We offer a free consultation, with offices in Annapolis and Centreville. Call us at 410-734-5536 or contact us online.