Leaving the Scene of an Accident – AKA: Hit & Run – Arizona Revised Statute §28-661, §28-662, §28-663
Leaving the Scene of an Accident can be charged as a Felony or a Misdemeanor. It depends on whether the thing that was hit was a piece of property, an attended vehicle, or a person.
This is a separate and distinct charge from something like Criminal Damage or Aggravated Assault or Manslaughter.
Sometimes a person is charged with Leaving the Scene when they would otherwise not have been charged with an additional offense, such as Aggravated Assault or Murder (such as when someone runs into traffic).
Additionally, and unfortunately, there are certain circumstances where a person is charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident when they are not the person that was involved in the accident. For example, it is not unheard of for a person who was present when another person was involved in an accident to find themselves charged with the crime of Leaving the Scene because they failed to remain at the scene upon witnessing someone else’s accident, therefore failing to make themselves available as a potential witness.
There are some horror stories of innocent bystanders that find themselves charged with this offense because they were literally at the wrong place at the wrong time.
There are defenses that can be made, however, and it is important to have an Experienced Vehicular Crimes Attorney on your side, who knows how to handle the intricacies of these types of charges.
The AZ DUI Team Lawyers keep up-to-date on the latest Vehicular Crimes cases, which become incredibly valuable when representing a client on a charge such as this.
You don’t want to place your life in the hands of a “Criminal Lawyer,” who spreads his focus on all sorts of different criminal offenses. You want an Attorney that focuses on DUIs and Vehicular-Related offenses.