Leaving the Scene of An Accident
If you have been in a traffic accident, it was likely a very frightening experience. Sometimes people automatically react to accidents in ways they wish they could take back. In the heat of the moment, sometimes people flee to safety. Other times people do not think the damage is that serious and might keep driving if they are in a hurry. There are even times people don’t realize they have been in an accident. However, New Jersey law requires all motorists to stop and stay on the scene of an accident, whether anyone is injured or not. If you have left the scene of a traffic accident, you may be charged with a criminal offense if an injury occurred. Prosecutors take this seriously, and it is important to retain counsel right away. Call our office today and schedule a free consultation.Hit and Run attorney defending New Jersey residents
The seriousness of a hit and run depends on the seriousness of an accident. If no one has been injured, then you will likely not face criminal charges, but may still face 30 days in jail, fines, and have your driver’s license suspended for up to 6 months. If another person has sustained bodily injuries or been killed in an accident, then charges and penalties are much more severe, and a criminal charge is a certainty. In New Jersey, you are expected to provide reasonable assistance to another person at the scene of an accident. Calling 911 and providing assistance may make a significant difference as to whether or not a person recovers from injuries. You may be subjected to a suspended license, fines, and time in state prison if you leave the scene of the accident without providing assistance. You will also be facing criminal charges of vehicular manslaughter.
You must retain an attorney immediately if you are accused of these serious charges. Contact John if you have left the scene of an accident. He will provide you counsel on turning yourself in if that is an appropriate course of action and will protect your right when speaking to investigators. He will determine if police followed required procedures during their investigation and will take steps to protect your interests if they did not. He will have the accident investigated, hire an accident reconstructionist if necessary, analyze how strong the evidence is against you, and determine if police made mistakes during their investigation. In this way, John begins to build his defense for your case. Hit and run is a serious offense. Call us today and learn how we can defend you.Boutique lawyer offering high quality personalized attention
When you are accused of a serious crime, you are likely have a great number of questions. When you hire a big firm, it may be difficult to get your lawyer on the phone. John ensures that he is accessible to clients at all times. He values quality representation over a high volume of cases, and always sees a case through from start to finish. When you retain John, you can rest assured that your attorney is familiar with your case, and will be available to keep you up to date every step of the way.