Hit and Run Accident Penalties
A hit and run accident is an accident in which a driver hits a person or object – such as another car or a building – and flees from the scene of the accident before legal authorities arrive. People usually hit and run to avoid being caught, saving themselves money and hassle.
Not everyone who hits and runs gets away though. Law enforcement officials may be able to trace hit and run accidents back to the individuals who committed them, which could lead to serious legal trouble for those people.
Hit and Run Penalties When No One Is Injured
An individual who commits a hit and run accident may face legal penalties if caught. Typically, the level of punishment will depend on the value of the property damaged. In most states, individuals can expect punishment to include:
- Suspension of one’s driver’s license
- Possible jail time
On top of this punishment, the individual will likely have to pay for the damage he or she caused in the accident.
Hit and Run Penalties When Someone Is Injured
There are two distinct degrees in hit and run accidents that end with injury. These degrees are:
- Individuals suffer harm but live
- Individuals suffer harm but do not live
When an individual suffers harm and lives, then the individual may be charged with a felony. In Texas, for example, hit and run accidents resulting in serious bodily harm may lead to third-degree felony charges.
When an individual dies in a hit and run accident, then the individual who committed the crime may be charged with vehicular manslaughter, which is also a felony, but of a higher degree.
In both cases, individuals may face:
- Revocation of driver’s license
Like hit and run accidents that do not result in injuries, those that do result in injuries will likely require hit and run drivers to cover the costs of whatever damage he or she caused.
Hit and run is a serious criminal offense. If you have been charged with this crime, you may face severe punishment. To learn more about getting legal defense in your case, contact the Dallas criminal defense lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.