THREE DEFENSES FOR A HIT AND RUN CHARGE
It’s estimated that about one in 10 drivers get in a car accident, and proceed to leave the scene of the accident without identifying themselves to other people involved, without leaving contact information, or without reporting the accident to police authorities (since sometimes the cops just don’t show up, and the law requires you to report the incident yourself).
These traffic violations are called “hit and run offenses,” and whether the hit and run ticket is a misdemeanor or a felony charge, the consequences are pretty serious. The problem is, a lot of people don’t actually realize what a hit and run car accident looks like — even though the majority of drivers have been the victims of a hit run when their parked car was dented by someone who didn’t leave a note with contact info, or when a driver accidentally rear-ends their car in moving traffic and decides to drive off without stopping.
While plenty of hit and run violations are intentional (it’s no coincidence that unlicensed drivers are 66% more likely to flee the scene of an accident), many drivers find themselves facing a traffic ticket without realizing that they broke a hit and run law.
For anyone faced with this charge, there are three common defenses used by traffic violation lawyers:
THREE DEFENSES FOR A HIT AND RUN CHARGE"I didn't realize I was involved in a car accident." Yep, it's possible that a jury might judge you a bit for this defense, but it's surprising how many drivers don't realize they were part of a minor car accident. Being bumped by another car could feel a lot like driving over a pot hole, and if your car is about twice your age, it probably makes all sorts of weird noises and clunking motions on a regular basis.
THREE DEFENSES FOR A HIT AND RUN CHARGE"The only damage occurred to my car." Technically, most hit and run laws only apply if you leave an accident and someone else has been injured or their property has been damaged. If you were the only one affected by the accident, then most courts won't charge you for leaving.
THREE DEFENSES FOR A HIT AND RUN CHARGE"It literally was not me involved in the accident." We all know how flawed eyewitness accounts can be. If you've been mistakenly charged with a hit and run offense and you weren't involved in the accident at all, you can't exactly be charged for leaving the scene.
Keep in mind that the consequences of a hit and run offense can be serious and long-lasting, especially if other people were injured or killed. If you find yourself in the middle of this situation, it definitely isn't something to ignore or accept without question.