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If you fail to stop after an automobile accident, you are guilty of a serious crime in Washington State. Whenever a person or property is involved in a car accident, you are required to exchange information with all other parties, and render assistance to anyone that is injured. A Bellevue hit and run conviction will incur severe penalties that could alter the path of your life forever while bringing untold hardship to the people you love.
A hit and run crime can be either a misdemeanor or felony in the state of Washington. The severity of the offense is determined by a few different pertinent factors.
- Misdemeanor hit and run – If you crash into an unattended vehicle, damaging it in the process, and then leave the scene, you could be charged with a misdemeanor hit and run.
- Felony hit and run – If another party is injured in an accident you are involved in and you flee the scene, then you could be charged with a Class C hit and run felony. Punishment for a conviction could land you in prison for up to five years, and incur fines of up to $10,000. If another person is killed in an accident under similar circumstances, you could be facing ten years in jail and a $20,000 fine.
If you are facing any of these charges, you should contact one of our qualified Bellevue hit and run lawyers for a private consultation without delay. Whether you’ve already been charged with a hit and run crime, or you may just be hopeful of minimizing the penalties in whatever way possible, we can help you get the legal answers you need to take the next step. No matter what, you should maintain your focus on resolving these potentially devastating charges, and minimize the penalties you face in whatever way possible.
Tackling your hit and run charges head-on starts by retaining a legal professional as soon as you can, so that your attorney can conduct a thorough independent investigation of your case.
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Hit and run accidents happen with surprising regularity all over the US, and Washington State is no different. Cases involving hit and run happen under a wide variety of circumstances, and for many different reasons. In many cases, a person did not intend to depart the scene without following legal guidelines, and was unaware that their departure was against the law. If this scenario sounds familiar then you should consider retaining legal counsel before approaching the authorities with your version of the events.
There are times when a driver is involved in an accident and they leave the scene because they panic when faced with the sudden adrenaline rush caused by the chaos of the situation. When their head clears at a later time, they realize their culpability and want to do the right thing by confessing to the police.
While going to the authorities is undoubtedly the right thing to do in either scenario, it is also prudent to talk to one of our qualified Bellevue hit and run attorneys before taking any action. Whenever facing hit and run charges, it is vital that you ensure your legal rights are protected.
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An automobile accident scene is always one of confusion and chaos. Positively identifying the guilty party in a hit and run case is often difficult, and could cause someone to be falsely accused of a crime for which they are not guilty. Don’t become the victim in a hit and run case; contact one of our Bellevue hit and run lawyers for a private, cost-free, and confidential consultation. We will provide you with accurate legal information about your situation, and help you take the next step toward resolving your case – whatever that might be.
Our team of legal experts will aggressively defend your interests, while seeking to reduce your charges and minimize the penalties you face in whatever way possible.
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