Hit and Run, or Leaving the Scene
If you are involved in an accident and you panic and flee, you may be charged with a hit and run offense, or in Illinois, Leaving the Scene of an Accident. This is a very serious charge that could result in severe punishments and consequences that could change your life forever based on that one moment.
If you have been arrested or if you have received a citation or summons in the mail for a Leaving the Scene or hit and run, it is imperative that you immediately contact an aggressive attorney to protect you. The sooner you are able to discuss your case with a skilled criminal defense attorney at Fagan, Fagan & Davis, the sooner we will be able to begin your defense.
Your Charges - Misdemeanor or Felony?
If you are convicted, you could face either felony or misdemeanor charges.
Leaving the Scene of a property damage only accident without any other aggravating factors are punishable as a class A misdemeanor, with up to 364 days in jail and up to $2500 in fines plus court costs. In addition to the potential loss of driving privileges through a suspension, the potential penalties increase if the offense is charged as a felony, such as:
- Hit and run with damaged property: Class 4 felony, which carries such penalties as imprisonment up to 3 years in a state penitentiary and fines up to $25,000
- Hit and run with injury: Class 2 felony, which includes potential penalties such as incarceration up to 7 years in a state penitentiary and fines up to $25,000
- Hit and run with fatality: Class 1 felony, which carries potentially sentencing of incarceration in a state penitentiary up to 15 years and fines up to $25,000
Have you been charged with fleeing the scene?
You are most likely upset and anxious about your charges and understandably so. Our team of skilled Chicago area attorneys is well-versed in the Illinois justice system and we will work tirelessly to defend you. We have over 100 years of combined criminal trial experience and can fight to help you avoid the worst if you have been charged in Illinois with hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.