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One of the easiest ways to compound your legal problems after getting into a car accident is to flee the scene following the crash. There are a number of ways in which a hit and run may occur.

Frequently, the decision to flee the scene of an accident is a reaction to an underlying offense. For example, a driver who is involved in an accident may fear an arrest if he/she is:

  • Uninsured
  • Unlicensed or suspended
  • Intoxicated
  • In possession of an illegal controlled substance
  • Illegally carrying a firearm

In order to prevent an arrest for these crimes, the driver may think that he/she can flee and avoid being caught.

Not all hit and runs are a reaction to an underlying offense, however. It may be the case that a driver hits another driver or pedestrian and is entirely unaware that an accident has occurred. The driver may still be charged with a hit and run and face some serious consequences. The offense of hit and run (leaving the scene of an accident) can lead to high fines, a mandatory loss of license, points on your license, or even incarceration.

If you are involved in an accident, the most important thing to do is to remain at the scene and call the ambulance. You should never flee the scene of an accident. However, if you have been charged with a hit and run, it is vital that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you establish a valid defense.

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