Leaving the Scene of an Accident
DWI Lawyer in Houston
In our state, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without leaving proper identification and insurance information, and doing so can result in criminal charges being filed against you. The offense is more commonly known as "Failure to Stop and Render Aid" or "Failure to Stop and Give Information." These charges can either be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on whether you caused property damages or physical injuries to a person. If it is found you were intoxicated, you may be charged with a
DWI offense as well.
I understand how even good people can be worried or frightened by the violence and damage an accident can create. With the help of proven Houston DWI attorney, hit and run situations can be resolved successfully. In an accident involving injury or death, you are required to stop provide aid, give your personal information and show your driver's license and insurance. The same applies to collisions involving property damage. If an unattended vehicle is hit, you still must stop and leave this information. These hit and run laws are very strict and enforced by law enforcement.
Facing the Legal Consequences
A hit and run accident involving death or injury will be punished by confinement in the county jail for not more than 1 year or a prison sentence of not more than 5 years. You can be fined up to $5,000 and in some cases, you will face both the fine and incarceration. Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in damage to a vehicle can result in a fine up to $500 and up to 6 months jail time. DWI charges will increase the penalties you face.
At the Law Offices of Ned Barnett, I ensure that all avenues are explored to defend your hit and run case. With over 20 years of successful experience in criminal defense, I know that these cases commonly rely on statements made by eyewitnesses and physical evidence, both of which may be open to legal challenges. Accidents themselves can be tough enough without having to face the legal consequences by yourself.
contact a DWI lawyer in Houston
from my firm
for effective legal help in successfully resolving cases involving hit and run accidents.