If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, also known as a hit and run, you will need the insightful services of an accomplished Overland Park DUI lawyer. I have practiced law in our state for 30 years and have focused my practice on aggressively protecting the rights of those accused of DUI violations, including when drinking and driving leads to a hit and run accident. When I take on your case, it is done with the purpose of obtaining the absolute best result possible.
Kansas law dictates that you exchange your name, address, vehicle registration number and insurance information with the other driver in an automobile accident. In addition, you must give any needed assistance and help in getting emergency aid to the scene of the accident when such aid is warranted.
Failing to stop and exchange information with another driver when there is property damage, can bring about Class C misdemeanor charges against you. These charges can result in a fine of up to $500 and a month in jail.
If the accident you were involved in caused any sort of injury, this is a Class A misdemeanor and the penalties can be up to 1 year in jail along with $2,500 in fines. An accident causing great bodily harm is a Class 10 felony and the penalty is 5 to 13 months in prison. If your accident brought about a fatality and you left the scene, you will be charged with a Class 9 felony resulting in a prison sentence of 5 to 17 months.
Defeating a charge of leaving the scene can be accomplished. It depends on the knowledge of your attorney and his or her proven record as a trial lawyer. My advice is to not leave your rights and freedoms in the hands of a general practice attorney, but rely on someone who focuses on DUI practice.