A mom is out
grocery shopping and bumps the car next to hers. She sees only slight damage to
the other car and goes about her day shopping.
driver hits a mailbox while backing out of a friend’s house and keeps on going.
professional driving to work in the middle of the night hits a deer or small
animal. He stops but goes off to work. Later, he learns that he hit and killed
These are real
examples of cases that Geherin Law Group has defended in the past year. All of them ended up in charges of “Leaving
the Scene of an Accident” (or what is commonly referred to as “Hit and Run.”).
These cases ranged from misdemeanor charges to 15-year maximum felony offenses.
Each client faced not only driver’s license sanctions, but also a criminal
conviction and the real prospect of jail/prison or other loss of freedoms.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident statutes punish people who are involved in an accident
who do not stop and provide the required information to the other driver or
most proximate police department.
However, even the term “Accident” can be vague, leaving a driver
uncertain about what her obligations are following a minor incident. “Knowledge” of the accident provides another
grey area, especially if the driver does not realize the extent of the
accident. Further, drivers are often
unaware of their reporting requirements (after all, when was the last time you
heard a public information message telling these people what do in the event of
a minor accident, similar to seatbelt use ((‘click it or ticket’)) or
texting/driving ((‘it can wait, as it’s against law’)). Lastly, what information is even required to
report, other than a name and insurance information? This ambiguity can lead to a separate charge,
called “Fail to Report an Accident,” still a misdemeanor.
Scene/Failing to Report charges range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending
upon the type of accident. For example, leaving an accident resulting in damage
only to a fixture is a misdemeanor carrying no license consequences. Leaving an accident resulting in property
damage to another car is a misdemeanor carrying with it 6 points on a driver’s
master record. And leaving the scene of
an accident resulting in injury or death are felony charges, resulting in
possible imprisonment and complete suspension or revocation of driving
owner of the Geherin Law Group PLLC (GLGMichigan) in Ann Arbor, has defended hundreds
of Leaving the Scene/Failing to Report cases in his 22+year career. Dan has a long, verifiable track record of
success defending these allegations, both in terms of trial victories,
voluntary dismissals and successful negotiations. He’s also a driver’s license
specialist (see his website, MiLicenseLawyer.com), so he knows how to answer
questions about license consequences and help client avoid the pitfalls of
these charges and the effect they have on a person’s ability to drive.
If you’re being
investigated or charged with “Hit and Run” allegations in Ann Arbor or
throughout Washtenaw County, please contact Dan and his firm at GLG Michigan
immediately. We’ll thoroughly explain the laws and determine whether a viable
defense exists for your charge.
free consultation online at glgmichigan.com or call (734) 263-2780 (we’re open
GLG Michigan: Defending Driving/Traffic allegations
throughout Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and Southeastern Michigan.