In North Carolina, you may be charged with Hit and Run if you fail to take necessary actions after an accident has occurred. When an accident occurs, a person is required by law to give “reasonable assistance to make sure the other person is taken care of if there is an injury,” AND exchange contact information and insurance companies.
A person is guilty if they:
Drive a vehicle involved in a crash that results in:
a. Death of a person;
b. Injury to a person;
c. Total property damage of $1,000.00 or more, OR
d. Property damage in any amount to a vehicle seize pursuant to N.C. Gen Statute 20-28.3
Fail to immediately notify a law enforcement officer by the quickest means of communication.
What Happens Next?
If a person is found guilty of a hit and run that results in minimal property damage and injury, they are guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor, which is punishable up to 1 year in jail time and fines.
On the other hand, if the hit and run results in serious injury or property damage, the person will be guilty of a class H felony punishable up to 8 months of prison time for first offenders.
The punishment may increase should the driver also be charged with speeding, driving while license revoked, etc.
In these cases, it is critical for you to contact a lawyer to help defend you against these possible penalties; a hit and run charge is not a simple traffic ticket!
Contact Wake County Hit and Run Criminal Defense Lawyer!
If you’ve been charge with a Hit and Run in Wake County, contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at (919) 948-7159 for a free consultation with our experienced attorneys. Our Raleigh lawyers fight hard for the best possible outcome. Our office is centrally located in Cary, NC.