The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be confusing for all involved. Those involved in the crash may flee the scene before law enforcement arrives. In Atlanta, fleeing the scene of an accident can have serious consequences. If you are convicted for leaving the scene of an accident, you could face penalties such as the suspension of your driver’s license, criminal fines, and jail time.
Our team of lawyers could help you fight your case and has experience negotiating plea bargains with the prosecution to lessen the consequences. Reach out to an Atlanta hit and run lawyer to learn about your available options and work to protect your rights.
Under Georgia Code Section 40-6-271, whenever a driver strikes an unattended car, they are obligated to find and tell the owner of that car or leave a notice for that owner with the driver’s name, address, and identifying information.
Fleeing the scene after causing property damage to an unattended car would be considered a misdemeanor offense. An offender could face up to a fine $1,000, a year in jail, or both.
Under Georgia Code Section 40-6-270 , drivers involved in automobile accidents that cause another person to suffer injuries or lead to somebody’s death are supposed to immediately stop their vehicle as close as possible to the scene of the accident. They are also obligated to:
If a driver knowingly fails to stop after an accident that results in the severe injury or death of another person, they could face a prison term of up to five years, as well as a minimum four-month suspension of their driver’s license. If a driver has prior offenses, they could face more significant charges, which is why working with an experienced attorney can be essential.
Leaving the scene of a car accident is a serious charge. The prosecution needs to prove that the driver knew of the accident before fleeing to get a conviction. It is critical that you hire experienced attorneys who understand the laws. Every situation is different, and we would take an individualized, personalized approach to your case. One of our attorneys could work with you to develop creative and successful defense strategies in an effort to protect your rights and your freedom. Call a dedicated Atlanta hit and run lawyer immediately to schedule your initial consultation.