Accidents can be very scary. Sometimes people don’t know how to react after being involved in them. In some cases people panic and drive away, or in other instances people are unaware they were in an accident until later. Under Ohio law a person involved in an accident on public roads has an obligation to exchange information with the other driver, pedestrian, or property owner. Failure to take reasonable steps to do so is an offense. A Failure to Stop or Hit and Run case is typically charged as a first degree misdemeanor. There are some instances, however, where the offense is a felony.
There are many defenses available in hit and run cases. An experienced attorney can look at the facts, and see whether or not the State can meet its burden. He or she can successfully challenge the case, which may lead to it being dismissed, reduced, or another favorable result for you.
If the accident occurred within the past 24 hours there are other options that an attorney may be able to discuss with you, which could save you from being charged at all.
The attorneys at Deal & Hooks have experience handling these types of cases, having tried and resolved them at the misdemeanor and felony level. We have discussed options with our clients that have led to them avoiding criminal charges. We can assist you at any stage of the proceedings. It is important that you contact an attorney promptly to discuss how you should proceed. Please contact us for a free initial consultation.