It is a common scenario. You have a couple of drinks after work and get in your car to drive home. On your way, you get in a minor fender-bender. Maybe you weren’t even fully at fault for the accident. You’re not impaired, but you panic because you know the police will ask if you’ve been drinking and will use it to place the blame on you. So, you leave the scene without talking to the other driver.
Unfortunately, you’ve just gotten yourself into a very difficult and potentially damaging situation. According to Arizona law, drivers who are involved in an accident with another vehicle are required, if able, to provide reasonable assistance as well as contact information for insurance coverage purposes. They must also remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives to answer any questions and provide information for the officer.
An individual who leaves the scene of an accident can face severe penalties. These penalties can increase dramatically when alcohol is involved, and the situation becomes even more serious if the accident results in injuries to other people. If you have been arrested for leaving the scene of a DUI accident, it is important that you seek the advice of a qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Depending on circumstances of your case, you could face an extensive prison sentence, fines, probation and many other penalties for a conviction on leaving the scene of an accident, particularly when drunk driving is alleged as an aggravating factor. Whatever DUI crime you may have been charged with, it is vital that you seek the legal assistance of a Chandler DUI lawyer. At Rosenstein Law Group, our Scottsdale DUI defense attorneys can represent you aggressively and provide you with legal assistance that will maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.
Leaving the scene is a very serious crime. Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, it can be charged as seriously as a class 2 felony if alcohol is involved. The maximum penalty for this conviction is 12½ years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, to be served subsequent to any other conviction that arises along with the accident such as aggravated assault DUI, aggravated DUI or other offenses.
If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in Chandler or elsewhere in Arizona, call Rosenstein Law Group at 480-248-7666 immediately. You may also contact us via email if you prefer. We offer a free initial consultation where you can get your questions answered and learn more about how we can help.