fIn Virginia there are levels of offenses for failing to stop at the scene of an accident and provide certain information (commonly referred to as "hit and run"). Assuming you are charged with the Class 1 Misdemeanor version, the maximum punishments are 12 months in jail and a $2500 fine. In addition your license may be suspended. As you can see, it is important that you retain an experienced Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer to assist you.
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Answered 07/06/2010: A misdemeanor Hit and Run, like this one, is a class 1 misdemeanor. That means it has a maximum jail sentence of 1 yr (6 months the way they calculate it) and $2500. Those are maximums though. The good news is that you can fight and win those cases. Contact a lawyer because if you were unaware. Contact a lawyer and prepare. That really works. Good luck with this.
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The Virginia Criminal Code has several different charges relating to "hit and run" and the penalties for each version are different. Your question reads as though you were charged with the Class 1 Misdemeanor version, which means that you face a jail sentence of up to1 year and a fine of up to $2,500.
Whenever anyone contacts me who is facing this charge, I always recommend that a veteran defense lawyer be engaged to handle the situation.
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As you have already been told, this is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries with it a possible jail sentence of twelve (12) months and/or a fine of up to $2,500.00.
The one question that concerns me is how did you not know you were involved in an accident? Are you sure you were? What is the evidence that the vehicle you were operating was actually involved in the accident the police stopped you for? Again, as has already been suggested, you should hire competent counsel immediately. Roanoke is a conservative area, so you should take this charge seriously. Good luck with your case.
Graven W. Craig