Hit & Run Charges in Virginia
Aggressive Defense You Need from Expert Criminal Lawyers
Hit and run cases deal with the aftermath of an accident rather than its cause. Typically, a hit and run occurs when a driver who was involved in a car crash fails to:
- Stop at the scene of the accident
- Provide identification
- Offer assistance to parties who were injured in the accident.
Although we tend to think of hit and run accidents involving two cars, other types of vehicles and objects can be involved in these cases as well. This can include:
- Parked Cars
- Stationary Property
Crimes You Can Be Charged With
Depending on the case, a hit and run can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor. If the accident resulted in death or serious injury, it is usually treated as a felony hit and run. You can also face felony charges if significant property damage was caused by your accident. However, if no none was seriously injured, a hit and run is usually treated as a misdemeanor.
Both types of convictions can result in jail sentences or fines. However, if you are charged with vehicular manslaughter, you can face an additional 5 years in prison. Don't take a chance with these serious charges! Call an experienced Virginia Beach criminal attorney immediately.
Other Consequences of a Hit & Run
A hit and run incident can also involve civil liability. This means that a lawsuit can be brought against parties involved in the accident. In addition to penalties from the state department of motor vehicles, your auto insurance premiums can also be increased by your insurer.
In Virginia, you can have your license suspended for up to 6 months if your hit-and-run accident results in property damage exceeding $500. If you are convicted 4 times for hit and run of an attended vehicle, the court can revoke your driver’s license for 5 years.
Speak with our Hit & Run Attorney Today
At George Holton Yates, Attorneys At Law, P.C., we have experience handling hit and run cases and we know what is needed to defend against these charges. Our attorney George Holton Yates has over 30 years of legal experience and is prepared to help you with your legal needs.
Call (757) 785-0201, or contact our Virginia Beach hit and run lawyer to begin your free consultation.