Hit and Run
Hit and run is the slang term for Failure to Give Information or Failure to Stop and Render Aid. Under the Texas Transportation Code, this could be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Generally, people understand it that if a person runs from the scene of an accident, a crime has been committed. However, whether it is a felony or misdemeanor depends on whether anyone was injured in the accident. Even if the accident was not your fault, a hit and run is illegal. There is a legal responsibility to stop and provide your contact information or render help if needed. If injuries or a death resulted from the accident, a felony charge could result.
In many cases involving an accident with injury, accident investigators assume that the driver committed a hit and run because he or she was impaired by alcohol or drugs. They will look into that possibility as part of their investigation, which could result in an additional charge like DWI or Intoxication Manslaughter. Regardless of the severity of the accident you should consult a criminal defense attorney at once.
Houston DWI Attorney for Hit and Run Cases
If you have been charged with leaving the scene of a DWI-related accident, you will need a skilled and tenacious team of DWI defense lawyers in your corner. At the firm of Chernoff Law, we will utilize all of our experience and certifications for your defense. We will research all aspects of your case so we can make sure you get the fairest trial possible and receive fair and reasonable treatment. We know that facing a DWI and hit and run charges can be confusing and scary, but we can help ease your mind.
Facing Hit & Run Charges in Houston?
Our firm understands that there may be a valid reason for someone not stopping at the scene of an accident. For example, the driver may be unaware that there was a collision or is concerned about his own safety. Talking to an investigator without the advice of an experienced defense attorney is never advised and could create problems in defending your case. The purpose of a law enforcement investigation is to find evidence of guilt and provide it to a prosecutor. As our founding attorney served as a former prosecutor and fully understands how the prosecution builds its case. After a thorough investigation of the circumstances of your accident, our firm will work with you to design a strong criminal defense strategy.
Protecting your legal rights and your criminal record is our highest priority. Call Chernoff Law for a free consultation with a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer.