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3 Consequences of a Hit and Run Offense

For many people charged and found guilty of a “Hit and Run,” 3 of the most irritating consequences are:

• loss or suspension of driving privileges,

• lengthy prison sentences, and/or

• hefty fines.

If charged, call your Virginia Beach Hit and Run Attorney. With experience defending numerous Hit and Run cases, you can be sure that your side of the story will be heard.

Hit and Run in the Commonwealth of Virginia is a criminal offense. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident that either causes an injury or results in damage to someone else’s property, you may not be permitted to leave the scene. It could be illegal to leave the accident without calling proper authorities.

Consequence #1: Suspension or Cancellation of License.

The most debilitating consequence of a Hit and Run offense for most people is the loss or suspension of the privilege to drive. Without a license, friends of family must be depended upon; public transportation may be necessary to go to work, the doctor, or even every-day tasks such as shopping. This can be costly and inconvenient for obvious reasons.

Suspension or cancellation of a driver’s license is also number one on the list because of the regularity of which it is a reality for those found guilty. For an offender found guilty, there is a good chance there will be some consequence to his or her privilege to drive.

Consequence #2: Lengthy Jail Time Possible

It is possible to go to jail if enough property and/or personal injury is done. In Virginia, it is a felony if the Hit and Run accident/incident causes death, injury, or damage property worth over a specified dollar amount. Your Virginia Beach Hit and Run Lawyer can explain whether your case is a misdemeanor or felony.

Consequence #3: Hefty Fines Possible

A Hit and Run can result in fines of thousands of dollars. The monetary consequences that should be taken into consideration also include loss of income due to loss of driving privileges, the money spent on transportation (public or private), and more. Contact your Virginia Beach and Norfolk Hit and Run Traffic Defense Attorney today .

# ^ Edward C. Fisher, Vehicle Traffic Law (Evanston, IL: Traffic Institute, Northwestern University, 1961): 289.

# ^ Hit and Run Consequences, (cal 2010) Hit & run laws and consequences by state.

# ^ Selling, Lowell S. (May 1942). “The Feebleminded Motorist” (pdf). The American Journal of Psychiatry 98 (6): 834-838. http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/reprint/98/6/834?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=1&title=THE+FEEBLEMINDED+MOTORIST&andorexacttitle=and&andorexacttitleabs=and&andorexactfulltext=and&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT.

# ^ Dalby, J. Thomas; Nesca, Marc (September 2008). “The Psychology of Hit and Run”. Law Enforcement Executive Forum 8 (5): 51-56. http://www.iletsbei.com/lee_forum/articledetail.php?recordID=1103.

# ^ §142 of German Strafgesetzbuch

# ^ Judicial Yuan Interpretation 284 translated by Li-Chih Lin, Esq., J.D.

# ^ Judicial Yuan Interpretation 531 translated by Li-Chih Lin, Esq., J.D.

# ^ “Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Hit and Run”. Findlaw for the Public. http://public.findlaw.com/traffic-ticket-violation-law/traffic-ticket-a-z/hit-and-run-laws.html.

# ^ “Code of Virginia §46.2-894”. LIS Code of Virginia Searchable Database. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+46.2-894.

# ^ “TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CODE CHAPTER 550. ACCIDENTS AND ACCIDENT REPORTS”. Texas Constitution and Statutes. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.550.htm.

If you have been arrested or charged with a Hit and Run accident, then you need a skilled Virginia Traffic Lawyer to aggressively 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. Contact us today for an initial consultation.

If you have been arrested or charged with a Hit and Run accident, then you should seek a local Virginia Brach and Norfolk a skilled Virginia Traffic Lawyer to defend you with professionalism. We work hard to protect your rights and obtain the best possible result for you. Do not lose the chance to yourself. Contact us now for a complimentary initial consultation.

[1] – Virginia Code sections 46.2-894, 46.2-895, 46.2-896, and 46.2-897