Hit & Run Charges

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If you hit another vehicle and then fled the scene without exchanging information with the other driver, then you are considered a hit-and-run accident offender. Although some people speed off intentionally, most drivers are simply so nervous to the point that they do not know what to do after a collision. They leave the scene in order to find help, get away from the accident, or are perhaps not aware that they struck another vehicle.

If you have been charged with a hit-and-run accident in Texas, the Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz is dedicated to helping prove to the court that you are innocent of your alleged crime. Since 1998, our El Paso criminal defense attorney has helped many clients obtain the most favorable outcomes possible.

Penalties for Hit & Runs

If someone suffers a serious bodily injury or dies at the scene or later as a result of the accident, it is a second-degree felony that is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of up to $20,000. If the injury is not serious, the offense is still a felony that results in a maximum jail sentence of one year or a maximum prison sentence of five years.

If the collision causes damage under $200 in value, it is a Class C misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine of up to $500. If the crash causes damage over $200 in value, it is a Class B misdemeanor that results in a maximum jail sentence of six months.

What to Do If You Wrongfully Leave the Scene of an Accident

Facing a hit-and-run conviction can be a frightening experience. It is wise to speak with an experienced lawyer who will help you understand what you’re up against and how to handle your case. Do not hesitate to let our firm protect your rights and future.

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