Hit-And-Run/Leaving The Scene Of An Accident
Scared, anxious and confused: These terms seem to make up the very definition of hit-and-run crimes. Most people are frightened and confused after getting into an accident. They often don’t think about the possibility of hit-and-run charges — they just want to get away. This is especially true if the driver was drinking or using drugs at the time, or if the accident involved another crime such as driving with a suspended license or no insurance.
Hit-and-run or fleeing or leaving the scene of an accident is a serious charge. You need to work with a Lee’s Summit hit-and-run defense attorney to defend you against these charges. With 40 years of experience representing clients in Kansas City and throughout Missouri, I know the law and the procedures involved in hit-and-run defense. I can help you get the best results possible.
Reasons For Hit And Run
People leave the scene of an auto accident without stopping or calling the authorities for a variety of reasons:
- Intoxication: If you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident and if you stuck around, the penalties could be extremely serious.
- Driving with a suspended license: Everyone knows that driving with a suspended license is a serious criminal offense and you would likely get charged with that if you stayed.
- Lack of insurance: If you were an underinsured or uninsured motorist at the time of the accident, it makes sense that you would want to flee the scene of the accident to avoid the civil liability and criminal consequences that come with inadequate insurance.
- Fear: Are you scared of your spouse, employer, kids or even parents finding out? Even if there is no other crime involved with the accident, the fact is, auto accidents are scary. It is not uncommon for someone to simply want to get away from the scene of an accident as quickly as possible, just because of a very normal and understandable fear.
Regardless of how good the reasons might have been for fleeing the scene of the accident, the fact is, hit and run is a serious criminal charge, with harsh penalties for convictions.
Talk To An Attorney Today
It is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. Do not wait until you are arrested or charged with a crime. It is better to call me before the police contact you, if possible, because there is a lot that I can do to help you if you get me involved right away. Call 816-525-1500 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation with a Missouri criminal defense lawyer.