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Hit and Run Cases of Leaving the Scene of  Accident

In West Virginia, it is expected that all motorists adhere to certain responsibilities when involved in an accident. The first and foremost being to stop at the scene and exchange essential information with the authorities. Failure to do so, especially if the accident results in injuries, can lead to serious felony charges. Being charged with operating a vehicle under the influence (DUI) is itself a grave matter for any driver, but when compounded with Hit and Run charges, the consequences can be severe. Steep fines, lengthy jail-time, and the suspension of driver’s licenses are among the potential repercussions.

If you or a loved one find yourselves in this predicament, facing both Hit and Run and DUI charges, seeking professional legal assistance is essential. Mountaineer Criminal Law Group, home to the esteemed Wheeling WV DUI lawyer, offers the expertise needed to navigate such complex cases. Our team will provide comprehensive support and develop a robust defense strategy tailored to your specific situation. If you fled the scene after the accident, do not delay—seek our assistance promptly.

Charges for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in West Virginia

In West Virginia Revised Code Chapter 4549, three statutes outline the duties of motorists involved in accidents to remain at the scene. These statutes include:

  • Stopping after the accident on public roads or highways — West Virginia Revised Code § 4549.02
  • Stopping after the accident on other than public roads or highways — West Virginia Revised Code § 4549.021
  • Stopping after an accident involving damage to realty or personal property attached to real property — West Virginia Revised Code § 4549.03

When an accident occurs, drivers are required to stay at the scene, regardless of whether personal injuries or property damage was involved. The driver must promptly stop and provide the following information to the other party involved or any police officer:

  • Name and address of the motorist
  • Name of the vehicle owner (if different from the driver)
  • Registration number of the motor vehicle

If you are facing Hit and Run charges or any other legal issues related to leaving the scene of an accident, our dedicated Wheeling WV criminal lawyer is here to help. Reach out to us without delay for professional guidance and support.

The responsibility of pinpointing the person entitled to receive the pertinent information lies with anyone affected by the accident, be it an injured party, the property operator, owner, or occupant, or any on-duty police officer within the vicinity.

Moreover, it is incumbent upon the driver to diligently seek out the respective owner, occupant, or operator of the property, whether it be a car or a house, and apprise them of the incident. Simultaneously, the driver is obligated to divulge their own details, including the aforementioned points.

Should you find yourself in such a predicament unable to locate the property owner or asset holder, it is imperative to promptly report the incident to the neighboring police department, specifying the precise location.

During this process, it would be prudent to have the contact information of a reputable Wheeling WV DUI lawyer readily available. This will allow you to promptly report the incident to a legal professional and seek immediate legal guidance. When seeking legal advice from a Wheeling WV DUI lawyer, trust Mountaineer Criminal Law Group to provide you with unmatched expertise.

It is essential to note that the severity of injuries will determine the nature of the criminal offense:

  • No injuries resulting from the accident constitute a first-degree misdemeanor
  • Serious injuries or physical harm caused by the accident will result in a fifth-degree felony charge
  • In the unfortunate event of a fatality resulting from the accident, a third-degree felony charge will be incurred

Consult With Wheeling WV Criminal Lawyer

If you find yourself in a situation where you have fled the scene of an accident due to extenuating circumstances and require the expertise of a Wheeling WV criminal lawyer to defend your case, look no further than Mountaineer Criminal Law Group. We will attentively listen to the details of your case and strive to ensure you receive the appropriate relief from charges or minimal penalties. Contact us today for further information or to schedule a consultation.

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