Philadelphia Hit and Run Car Accident Lawyer
In Pennsylvania, leaving the scene of an accident can be either a summary offense or a Misdemeanor of the first degree. If you leave the scene of an accident and nobody is hurt, you can be charged with a non-criminal summary offense. However, if a person is hurt, even slightly, you can instead be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Hit and Run Defined
Leaving the scene of an accident is a traffic charge with criminal penalties. It is defined as a leaving the scene of an accident without providing information to the other driver.
When there is no Personal Injury, it is a traffic offense. Even though it is a mere Traffic Offense, you will face the loss of license, heavy money penalties, and even possible jail time in which you can serve up to three months. When a person is injured, it is a misdemeanor with clear criminal penalties of up to five years in jail. This means you will be fingerprinted and processed in a criminal court.
Hit And Run Car Accident Lawyer Philadelphia
There are a number of defenses available to your lawyer, including lack of knowledge that you caused an accident, that you were not the driver of the car in question, or that you stopped and gave your information to the driver. In many instances, these defenses are successful in proving that you did not intent to leave the scene of the accident.
The hardest part of defending these cases is finding corroborating evidence that you did not have the intent to leave, such as finding witnesses and other evidence. Fortunately, our firm has decades of experience handling these matters and our attorneys know how to defend these cases from start to finish.
Call the Law Offices of Greg Prosmusshkin, P.C. today for a free consultation on your hit and run. Our attorneys will develop a plan to either win your case or have your case result in a more favorable outcome.
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