Stop After Any Accident or you will be Charged with a Hit and Run
It may or may not have been your fault, but if you leave the scene of an accident you will be charged with hit and run. Depending on the circumstances, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Whether the accident resulted in property damage, bodily harm, or death, you are legally responsible to render aid and exchange information. According to NRS 484E.030, anyone who is involved in an automobile accident must move their vehicles to an area of safety, if able, and exchange information including names, addresses, vehicle registration numbers, and driver’s license numbers.
You are also required to give this information to any police officer investigating the accident. The police must be notified if the accident resulted in death, injury or property damage of $750 or more. If anyone is injured in an accident then all parties, regardless of fault, need to assist in getting the injured persons to a hospital or a care unit. Refusing to offer this assistance or provide the required information could result in a separate charge.
Hit and Run Resulting in Property Damage is a Misdemeanor
If you are involved in an accident and just property damage has been the result, you are required to pull over to a safe spot and exchange all the previously mentioned information with the other driver(s). If you do not comply with these regulations, you will be charged with a misdemeanor hit and run.
You can also be charged with hit and run if you ever hit an unattended vehicle or even property of another that’s not a vehicle, like a fence. After hitting an unattended parked car, you are required to find the owner of the vehicle to provide them with your information. If they can’t be found, you should notify the police unless otherwise incapacitated. Should that happen, someone else should notify the police.
If you are convicted of this crime you could be sentenced to:
- Up to 6 Months in Jail
- Up to a $1,000 Fine
Hit and Run Resulting in Injury or Death is a Felony
If you are in an accident resulting in injuries or death and you leave, you will be charged with a Class B felony. After an accident with these consequences, you must immediately pull over, render aid, and exchange information. Leaving a person, or people, injured on the side of the road without notifying police is immoral and against the law. Note: the injury does NOT need to be significant to be charged as a felony.
If you are convicted of a hit and run resulting injury or death you could be sentenced to:
- 2 to 20 Years in Prison
- Possible License Revocation or Suspension
- Fine Between $2,000 to $5,000
Jesse Kalter is an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney
It is not uncommon for innocent people to be charged with a hit and run. There are many defenses that can be built in response to these charges. You might have been trying to get help. You may not have been aware of any accident. Let an experienced auto accident attorney help you keep your record clean and keep you out of jail. Jesse Kalter has a proven record of using a relentless pursuit of justice to earn not-guilty verdicts or to have cases reduced or thrown out entirely. He is available to serve the people of Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Dayton, Yerington, Douglas County, and all other Northern Nevada rural counties.
A Hit and Run Resulting in Injuries or Death is a Serious Charge and Needs Immediate Action!
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