Leaving the Scene of an Accident and DUI
Under Arizona law, a person who has been involved in an accident resulting injury or death to a person or which causes damage to a vehicle has the legal duty to give his or her information and reasonable assistance. If you do not, you could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony offense. An accident is whenever a vehicle collides with another object, vehicle or pedestrian. Even in cases where there are minor damages, drivers are required to halt.
The first thing that a driver should do, if they are able, is to exchange information with the other driver. Those who are not immediately able to stop should return to the scene of the accident as soon as possible to render aid. A conviction of this nature may mean that the driver’s license gets suspended, revoked and the individual may even face imprisonment. According to Title 28 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), Articles 661 and 662, this is a class 2 or 3 felony for those whose accident resulted in the death or serious injury of another person. This type of conviction will also significantly harm your ability to be insured, because companies will see hit and run drivers as a high liability.
If you are facing criminal charges for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident that you allegedly caused, it is vital that you take the time to contact an experienced attorney. The legal team at Knowles Law Firm is very experienced in handling all types of DUI cases, including those in which drivers were accused of hit and run. When you are in need of an aggressive and seasoned litigator with an intimate knowledge of Arizona law, you can count on Knowles Law Firm.
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Your freedom is very important to you. When you are facing serious charges that could result in spending time in jail, steep fines, probation, loss or restriction of your license, enforced alcohol treatment and more, you will want to have the help of an attorney who knows how to handle DUI cases. Though many criminal defense attorneys say that they "do" DUI cases, you must keep in mind that it takes a dedicated and extremely educated lawyer to get the best results in your DUI case. If you are also charged with leaving the scene of an accident, you need to do everything you can to protect yourself and your rights.