When people collide in vehicles, the usual course of action is to get out
of the car and exchange information with the other drivers involved. However,
not all collisions are the same. Some people respond exceptionally poorly
to car accidents by responding to their fight-or-flight instincts. When
people experience a high level of stress or fear, they might react to
their adrenaline rush by leaving the scene of an accident. This retreat
is illegal in many states, including Texas.
If you strike a car or individual and speed away without leaving your information,
you could be charged with
leaving the scene of an accident. The punishment for this crime depends on the severity of the crash. The
offense can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. If the accident involved
a severe injury or death, you could be charged with a 3rd-degree felony, which can get you anywhere from 2 to 10 years in state
prison. If the accident resulted in mild injuries, it is a felony punishable
by up to 1 year in county jail or 5 years in a state prison and / or a
fine of up to $5,000.
A hit and run that involved damage to an occupied vehicle is a Class C
misdemeanor, which can result in a $500 fine if the damage to all cars
is less than $200. If the damage is more than $200, you could be charged
with a Class B misdemeanor, which can result in imprisonment up to 6 months.
Other punishments can include probation (if it is your 1st offense) or a suspension of your driver’s license.
If you’re facing a hit and run charge, make sure you give yourself
the best chance of avoiding a conviction by calling our skilled
Houston criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible. We can take a look at your situation and offer experienced
legal advice regarding your best course of action. If you are found guilty
of a hit and run, you could lose your license and be forced to pay thousands
of dollars in legal fines and expenses related to the accident.
The Law Offices of Jed Silverman is dedicated to defending your rights and freedom. Let us see what we
can do for you.
at (713) 597-2221 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.