Hanover County Hit and Run Lawyer
Hit and Run cases in Hanover County are taken very seriously. Hit and Run are also called “Leaving the Scene of an Accident.” The Hanover Commonwealth Attorney’s Office aggressively prosecutes these cases. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident that either causes a personal injury or results in property damage to another person’s property, then it is illegal to leave the accident scene without first doing certain things depending upon the circumstances of the accident. Such an incident is referred to as Hit and Run (Leaving the Scene of an Accident) and is prohibited by Virginia Code sections 46.2-894, 46.2-895, 46.2-896, and 46.2-897. It is an offense that can result in serious consequences, ranging from a simple fine to a prison sentence, depending upon the severity of either the injury or the property damage. Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law has been successfully defending hit and run allegations for over 25 years in Hanover County.
Accomplished Leaving the Scene of an Accident Attorneys
A hit and run accident that results in personal injury or attended property damage in excess of $1000 is a felony and may be punishable by a maximum 10-year term of incarceration and/or a fine of not more than $2,500. Misdemeanor hit and run cases do not involve personal injury, but involve property damage of less than $1000 and can also involve either attended or unattended property. Such cases are punishable by a maximum 12 month term of incarceration and/or $2,500 fine depending upon the amount of and type of property damage. Any conviction for hit and run may also suspend driving privileges and trigger the assessment of DMV demerit points to your driving record. NOTE: A arrest for hit and run is NOT a conviction. Do not waive your rights. If you have been arrested or charged with a Hit and Run accident, then you need a skilled Hanover County Hit and Run Lawyer to successfully defend you with professionalism. We work hard to protect your rights and obtain the best possible result for you. Do not lose the opportunity to defend yourself. In some instances, the evidence may not sufficiently prove the accused was in fact involved in the accident or knew they were involved in the accident. There may also be other defenses to the case. Consult a law firm that is dedicated to defending clients accused of unlawfully leaving the scene of an accident.
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Hanover County Virginia Hit & Run DISMISSED
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law represented a client who was alleged to be in violation of the hit and run leaving the scene of accident law in Hanover County. The case involved expensive damage to a Hanover County school bus. Our client was a commercial driver and was operating a commercial trash truck in the area near the time damage to the school bus was discovered. The evidence was circumstantial. There was no eye witness that observed the alleged incident. A witness placed our client at the scene of the incident but our client maintained his innocence from the beginning of the investigation. Our attorneys attempted to negotiate a resolution with Hanover County, but the county insisted on proceeding with a trial. We entered a plea of not guilty. Various pieces of evidence were admitted during the trial. The defense stressed the fact that the physical evidence insufficiently proved there was contact between the alleged vehicle and that our client knew he was involved in an accident. Upon conclusion of the case, after the Hanover County District Court heard all the evidence and argument, the Judge ruled in favor of our client because the Commonwealth Attorney could not prove all the elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Our client was vindicated and perhaps most importantly, was able to keep his job. A conviction for hit and run would have likely led to termination.
Select Code of Virginia Hit & Run Laws
§ 46.2-894. Driver to stop if the accident involves injury or damage to attended property
§ 46.2-896. Accident involving damage only to unattended property
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3/31/2017 Updated 2/22/2020