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Hit and Run Sentences

Have you been charged with hit and run charges? If so, immediately consult with a qualified Eugene criminal defense attorney. The charges you are facing can have dire consequences without skilled legal representation. At Veralrud and Fowler we have years of experience handling hit and run charges and would be honored to represent you. Often, our clients facing these charges are unaware of the possible sentences they could be facing. Below we have outlined the various penalties that accompany hit and run convictions.

First, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of what a hit and run is. Hit and run is defined by the law as being in a car accident and leaving the scene of the crime without identifying yourself or seeking to aid the other person involved in the accident. Hit and run does not have to be an accident involving two cars. If a bicyclist or pedestrian is hit by a car and the car owner fails to stop that is classified as a hit and run. No matter the type of hit and run accident you have been in it is vital that you hire a successful and competent Eugene lawyer to defend you.

Felony Hit and Run

There are two kinds of hit and run, felony and misdemeanor. Felony hit and run has the gravest consequences. It is defined as leaving the scene of an accident where the other party has been injured. The guilty party will have to pay a fine of between $5,000 and $20,000 depending upon the severity of the accident. In many hit and run cases involve jail time and, if grave enough, even prison time. In many states hit and run can have a sentence of up to 15 years in jail. The amount of time the one responsible for hit and run may spend in incarceration is dependent upon the severity of the accident.

Misdemeanor Hit and Run

Misdemeanor hit and run, while a less severe charge still has a hefty sentence. Those found guilty of misdemeanor hit and run will be required to pay a fine of up to $5,000 and spend up to one year in jail. This form of hit and run is has a lesser sentence because no one was injured in the accident. It is classified as a less severe crime. Even misdemeanor hit and run requires charges require the aid of a expert Eugene criminal defense attorney.

Civil Lawsuit

In addition to possible jail time and fines those facing hit and run charges may have a civil lawsuit raised against them by the other party in the accident. The injured party has the right to seek compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and any property damage that resulted in the accident. The courts will often increase this amount by three times as a punishment for the irresponsible actions of the at fault party; this is called treble damages. For example, if the compensation for damages that has been awarded to the victim is $5,000 the courts have the right to triple it to $15,000 in order to further punish the defendant. If you are facing a civil lawsuit for hit and run hire a Eugene criminal defense attorney immediately.

Lastly, those who are convicted of hit and run charges may face a license suspension of up to three year. The length of the suspension is dependent upon the details of the accident and its severity.

Hit and run charges are serious and can have dire consequences. The Eugene lawyers you hire can be the difference between a verdict of guilty or not guilty. At Veralrud and Fowler we have successfully handled numerous hit and run cases and would be honored to serve as your defense. Call Veralrud and Fowler today, and gain an advocate in your legal process.

Related Topics: Eugene Criminal Defense Attorneys – Hit and Run Charges – Manslaughter Charges

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