When you are in an accident, adrenaline can be high. It is difficult to make good decisions when you are under this kind of stress. If you made a mistake and left the scene of the accident, you can be accused of a crime. Or in many cases, you may not have even realized you had been involved in an accident.
Our attorneys have successfully defended all types of misdemeanor and felony charges like hit and run in the North Carolina Criminal Courts. We know the best opportunities to avoid serious criminal consequences and prevent a permanent criminal record.
In North Carolina, when you are involved in an accident there are certain actions you must take. If you fail to follow through with those actions, you may be charged with hit and run if you leave the scene of an accident without proper notification or other actions, depending on the seriousness of the accident.
Having handled hit and run cases before, we have probably handled on very similar to yours. However, all cases are different and we are interested in the particulars of your case. We want to understand how the accident happened and hear your side of the story. Only then will we be able to advise you on your best course of action in your legal situation.
And we offer our advice in a free legal consultation. There’s no obligation, so feel free to contact us.
North Carolina Hit and Run – Duty to Stop Laws
North Carolina law requires that you stop after being involved in any accident. When you stop you are required to provide the other driver or pedestrian with “reasonable” assistance if they are injured and give information such as your name, phone number, and insurance company to any other driver of another car involved in the accident.
Misdemeanor vs. Felony Hit and Run Penalties
If you fail to fulfill your duty to stop, you may be charged with hit and run. The category of this offense and the potential sentence depend on the severity of the accident.
If the accident only results in property damage and/or minimal injury, you are facing Class 1 misdemeanor charges. Misdemeanor hit and run for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage or minor injury carries a potential sentence of up to one year in jail as well as fines.
If the accident results in death or a serious injury, Class H felony charges may be filed. Felony hit and run carries a potential sentence of up to 8 months for a first time offender. This means if you have no criminal history, 8 months is the most time you will be sentenced to. If, however, you have prior convictions on your record, this sentence can be increased substantially.
Depending on your record, you may be eligible for probation rather than prison time.
Can I fight hit and run charges and win?
Yes, there are a variety of legal tactics to win the case or simply avoid a serious criminal conviction and record that can haunt yours for years.
Sometimes, simply working with the victim’s insurance company and making sure any problems are taken care of can be enough to avoid a criminal charge from being pursued against you.
We can also dispute the facts and argue that you weren’t involved, or weren’t to blame for whatever happened. We can have private investigators interview witnesses and get the facts out that support your version of the events, and your innocence.
We can also work to get felony charges reduced to a misdemeanor hit and run if the injury wasn’t really serious. The police and prosecutors do sometimes charge a much more serious offense than the facts warrant. We will fight to fix that.
Our defense attorneys work only for you, the defendant, and only care about what is in your best interest in court.
Free Consultation on NC Hit and Run Laws
No one wants to be thought of as a criminal. But, when you are facing serious charges in North Carolina, you may feel that way. It probably feels like everyone is out to get you and no one understands your side of things.
We can help you get through this trying time. We can effectively represent your interests and ensure your rights are protected at every stage of the criminal court process.
We are interested in helping you and want to hear about your case. Please call for a consultation on your hit and run charges today. There is no charge or obligation for our initial legal consultation. Let us give you the help you need.