Hit-and-Run in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids
When motor vehicle accidents happen, drivers are required by law to stop at the scene of the accident if it involves their vehicle. Failure to do so can result in charges of "hit-and-run," which is a serious misdemeanor offense with far-reaching consequences.
Hit-and-run situations are not always cut-and-dry. Sometimes a driver exchanges insurance information and makes sure the other driver is okay only to be accused later on of driving away. In other cases, well-meaning individuals simply are not aware of their obligations and find themselves facing this damaging criminal charge.
Defending Against Hit-and-Run Charges in Kalamazoo
At Willis Law, we have extensive experience handling hit-and-run charges in West Michigan. We will explain your rights and obligations, and make sure you are informed of your defense options. We have a reputation for providing aggressive representation from knowledgeable lawyers and look forward to protecting your rights.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Hit-and-run charges result from not stopping after an accident and exchanging information with the other parties involved. It is also expected that drivers call 911 if necessary and render medical assistance if they are able to.
If convicted of hit-and-run in a situation where a party is injured, the penalty can be up to a year in prison and/or $1,000 in fines. If serious bodily injury or death is involved, potential penalties are up to 15 years in prison and as much as $10,000 in fines. Beyond the initial criminal consequences, you will face increased insurance premiums, the possible suspension of your license and collateral consequences from having a hit-and-run on your record.
Unlawful Driving Away of an Automobile (UDAA) Charges
In Michigan, a UDAA charge is considered a felony and is punishable by up to five years in prison. Significant fines, difficulty securing employment or housing, and much more should also be considered when deciding to hire an attorney. Our lawyers understand the potential consequences of a conviction for the UDAA, which is why we use our experience and skills to take apart the prosecution's case to reduce or eliminate your charges.
Contact Willis Law
If not handled properly upfront, hit-and-run charges can have a tremendous impact on your future. Contact us today for a free initial consultation with our defense attorneys. We have office locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Paw Paw.