Leaving the Scene of an Accident
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Statistics show that, in incidents where an individual leaves the scene of an accident, victims are unlikely to ever locate the alleged offender. Because of this, leaving the scene of an accident is considered a very serious crime, one that carries with it very harsh penalties. If you are charged with leaving the scene of an accident, the penalties can be even more severe than a typical misdemeanor offense.
In many instances, after an accident occurs, an individual may panic and make the wrong decision to leave. Illinois law, however, considers leaving the scene of an accident to be the result of guilt on the part of the individual who left. Furthermore, in some cases, prosecutors may suspect that the consumption of alcohol was involved in both the car accident and the decision to leave the scene. However, there are defenses to this serious traffic offense that may be applicable in your criminal case.
If you’ve been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, call The Law Offices of David Lee at (630) 901-8700 to find out how our Aurora criminal defense attorneys can help.
What are the Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Aurora?
In Aurora and throughout the state of Illinois, leaving the scene of an accident is a class A misdemeanor. Penalties can be harsh, as this is considered a rather serious criminal offense. Depending on various circumstances, including the severity of the accident and whether or not anyone else was killed, you may be facing felony charges.
Penalties for leaving the scene of an accident may include one or more of the following:
- Up to one year in county jail
- Fines up to $2,500.00
- A probationary period
- Public service work
- Mandatory driver safety school
- Felony charges
Any person arrested for leaving the scene of an accident may be subject to chemical testing if the alleged offender is apprehended within 12 hours of the incident. Any positive results of chemical testing will likely be used as the basis for additional charges and/or other penalties.
Charged with a Traffic Offense?
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If you’ve been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and are now facing criminal charges, it’s absolutely vital that you contact an experienced Aurora criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of David Lee, we have more than 20 years of combined experience in heavy litigation. We can help you understand your rights and weigh your legal options following a criminal charge. Depending on your situation, you may be facing felony charges, license suspension, jail time, and heavy fines. Our team is prepared to help you defend your rights throughout the entire legal process.
Call our firm today at (630) 901-8700 to learn more about how our Aurora criminal defense attorneys can assist you.