What are the penalties for a hit and run?
Even if you flee the scene of a minor fender-bender, you could be charged with a hit and run. Under Georgia law, if you’re convicted of a hit and run, you could be faced with up to one year in jail and a maximum of $1,000 in fines. Additionally, you can have your driver’s license suspended and be required to forfeit your vehicle to the police. These penalties increase for a second, third, fourth and subsequent offense. In determining your punishment, the sentencing judge will likely consider the facts and circumstances of your case such as the extent of damage from the accident, the nature of the accident, the extent of your cooperation with the police and the existence of any personal injuries.
What do I do if I’ve fled the scene of an accident or already been charged with a hit and run?
If you’ve recently fled the scene of the accident, you could be the target of a police investigation. In the event that you are questioned by police regarding your involvement in a hit and run accident or any other type of crime, always remember your constitutional right to remain silent. You can always invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent at any point during a police interrogation. If you’re either the target of a hit-and-run investigation or you’ve been charged with a hit and run, you need qualified legal representation. At The Turner Firm, we’ve helped countless people who were charged with a wide variety of crimes reduce their repercussions. We can help you, too! Call our office today for a free analysis of your case.