Hit and Run
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in Maryland, leaving the scene of the accident is against the law. Even if you are not the one who caused the accident and there is no bodily injury, you are still required to remain at the scene and exchange information. Without doing this, leaving the scene of the accident can result in a hit and run charge, the consequences of which will only exacerbate any legal penalties which may occur as a result of the initial accident. If you are charged with hit and run, contact an experienced lawyer to build a strong defense for the best possible outcome to your case.
Maryland Hit and Run Accidents
Under Maryland law, individuals involved in car accidents are required to remain at the scene until police arrive or, in the case of non-injury accidents, until all vehicle owners or property owners have exchanged contact and insurance information.
Being convicted of a hit and run in an injury accident can lead to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. In fatal hit and runs, a driver faces up to ten years in prison and $10,000 in fines in addition to the penalties for any other criminal charges, such as vehicular manslaughter, which may occur as a result of the accident.
Felony hit and run is a serious charge. If you are involved in an accident, do not let fear goad you into leaving the scene. Fleeing only complicates the case and multiplies the consequences. Remain at the scene and contact an attorney to protect your rights. If you have already left the scene of an accident and have been charged with hit and run, or you suspect you may soon be arrested, contact a traffic lawyer to handle your case.
Maryland Hit and Run Defense
There are several reasons people leave the scene of an accident:
- They do not realize their obligation under Maryland law.
- They do not realize that property was damaged as a result of the minor accident.
- They are afraid of legal consequences from the accident.
Of these reasons, fear is perhaps the greatest motivator. Maybe you were driving with a suspended license. Maybe you were drinking before the accident. Maybe your immigration status has you concerned about deportation. Regardless of the reason you left the scene of an accident, an aggressive attorney can provide skilled legal representation and thorough defense for your hit and run case. For an evaluation of your case, call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Maryland criminal attorneys.