You can be charged with a hit and run even if there’s only minor damage to the other vehicle. This charge is not reserved for motorists who cause severe damage and then flee. If you face hit and run charges, it’s important to know your rights and understand the possible defenses used to help clear your name.
Possible Defenses Against a Hit and Run Charge
There are many defenses used in a hit and run case. What your attorney chooses to argue on your behalf largely depends on the facts. However, some example defenses include:
- There was an emergency. If you were in an emergency situation, such as taking your ill or injured child to the emergency room, and hit someone in the process, you could successfully argue that you had a legitimate reason for not stopping to exchange information with the other driver.
- No damage was actually done or there was only damage to your vehicle. If you hit a parked car in a parking lot and didn’t leave a note, you could be tracked down. Perhaps you were caught on camera or someone saw you. However, if no damage was done or the damage was confined to your own vehicle, you may argue there was no reason for you to leave identifying information.
- Mistaken identity. You could have the charges dismissed if you prove you were not the driver who fled the scene.
- You were unaware of damage done. If you were involved in an accident but believed no damage was done, you could argue against hit and run charges. However, this defense is challenging if there is reasonable cause to believe that you should have known about the damage.
When to Contact an Attorney
Any time you are involved in an accident, it’s critical to reach out to an attorney to protect your rights. This is especially true if you suspect you are partially or wholly at fault for the incident. If you were charged with a hit and run, contact Sacramento criminal defense lawyer Jennifer Mouzis today to learn how you can defend yourself. Call now at 916-822-8702.