A Hit and Run allegation is a serious charge that can have impacts on your license, employment status or eligibility, and insurance. You need a skilled Hit and Run defense lawyer to protect your rights and fight for you. I have defended those accused of Hit and Run in Lynnwood, Snohomish County, Skagit County, King County and more. As a criminal defense lawyer, I know that the procedure of the criminal justice system and how to craft the best possible defense for you. Call the Law Firm of Lucas D. McWethy at 206-427-4901 for your free consultation.
Hit and Run Attended, RCW 46.52.020: If a vehicle strikes a person or a vehicle with an occupant, they must stay at the scene of the accident and either exchange information or reasonable assist the injured person. Failing to do so is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail, a $5000 fine, and a license revocation.
A Hit and Run charge is a serious allegation with long reaching effects. Prosecutors will often use this charge as an add on to more serious charges as well (DUI and Hit and Run). While only the Hit and Run Attended charge carries a mandatory license suspension, both charges have the potential of jail time and hefty fines. You need a Hit and Run Lawyer that knows the courts, the prosecutors, and the defenses to protect your rights.
A Hit and Run charge can arise out of something as severe as leaving the scene of a significant car collision or as minor as a ding in a parking lot. As soon as your vehicle collides with any person or property, you have a duty to inform the owner or leave your contact information. It is best to immediately contact your insurance and/or an attorney depending on the situation.
Not only will Hit and Run Attended suspend you license for one year, but it will also count against your Habitual Traffic Offender score with the DOL. 3 or more qualifying offenses will suspend you license for even longer. The effects of a Hit and Run conviction can reach far beyond the initial charges and effect your job, future driving status and insurance.
If you find yourself charged with Hit and Run in Lynnwood, Bothell, or any other city in Western Washington, contact the Law Firm of Lucas D. McWethy. Don't risk losing your license and jail time, contact us today.
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Hit and Run Unattended, RCW 46.52.010: If a vehicle either strikes a vehicle without a driver or property, they have a duty to take reasonable steps to find the owner or leave contact information in a conspicuous place. Failing to do so is a misdemeanor punishable by up 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine.