DUI Leaving the Scene of an Accident

by | Feb 14, 2019 | DUI

One vehicle crime that is related to DUI is Leaving the Scene of an accident. Any driver that is involved in an automobile accident is required by law to stop and provide the necessary information to resolve the situation. DWI Typically, the information that must be presented at the scene of the accident is your name, address, license plate number, and insurance information. It is important to note that Pennsylvania is very strict and specific on what to do if involved in an accident. If a driver does not stop and handle their responsibilities it is a criminal offense commonly referred to as a hit and run. Failure to stop even if there is no property damage and no one is injured, is still considered a hit and run. Officially a hit and run is known as leaving the scene of an accident and the charge for this offense can range from a misdemeanor of the third-degree to a felony of the second-degree. The degree to which the offense is committed depends on whether the driver of the other vehicle was injured in the accident and if there was damage to the other vehicle. If the driver sustained any kind of injury it is a felony of the third-degree. In addition, if the driver was killed in the accident, it is a felony of the second-degree. Finally, if the driver was not injured and there was only damage to the vehicle, it is a misdemeanor of the third-degree.

As stated earlier, although not a DUI charge per say, one reason a person may engage in Leaving the scene of an accident is because he was driving under the influence. aggravated assault while DUI Under the law of the Commonwealth, it is still a criminal offense to leave the scene even there was no injury or damage to property. In this instance, it would be a summary offense. With it comes a number of sanctions such as a fine of up to $500, the suspension of your license for up to six months and 90 days incarcerated. Accidents can be a stressful event in anyone’s life. It can be tempting, especially if there was no damage or injury, to leave the scene of an accident but it is a serious offense if you do so. If you find yourself in this situation and do not know what to do, it is important to seek legal advice and hire a good defense attorney. The attorneys at the Bellwoar Kelly, LLPare experienced attorneys who will help fight to help you get the best possible outcome for your case.

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