If you have been accused of a hit and run in New York, you are in a serious predicament, and you need expert legal assistance. Depending on the type of hit and run you are accused of, you may face years in jail or hefty fines. You may also lose other rights and freedoms that will affect you for the rest of your life.
If you’ve been accused of a hit and run in White Plains New York, get in contact with Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law today. Darren has been defending the rights of those accused of crimes for decades and knows how to get results for clients. Having Darren on your side is a huge asset to minimize legal repercussions against you and avoid being taken advantage of by the legal system.
What are the different types of hit and runs?
These are the four main types of hit and run classifications you might be facing:
- Traffic violation: This is when the hit and run only involves property damage, and instead of getting out and exchanging information, you drive away. You can also be charged with a hit and run for purposely exchanging the wrong information.
- Misdemeanor: This is when the hit and run involves an injury, and you drive away and/or if you exchange the wrong information.
- Class E Felony: This when you drive away from an accident that involved serious injury
- Class D Felony: This is the worst possible type of hit and run. It’s when you leave the scene of an accident that caused someone to die.
Leaving the scene of an accident usually results in higher damages sought by the plaintiff because someone getting hurt and then left alone means that it takes longer for them to receive medical attention, and therefore potentially exacerbating their injuries.
What are the potential punishments?
The courts will look at a variety of different things, including your criminal record, driving record, whether or not you were intoxicated, and the severity of damages. For leaving the scene of an accident where there is minor property damage, you could be looking at up to $250 in fines and potentially 15 days in jail. If you left the scene of an accident that caused fatalities, you may be looking at $5000 in fines and up to 7 years in jail.
Do you need help defending yourself from a hit-and-run charge?
Get in contact with Darren DeUrso today to see what your options are.
Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law
188 East Post Road, Suite 300
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 772-8614