Atlanta Traffic Lawyer
Leaving The Scene of An Accident Attorney
by James L. Paisley
Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer in Atlanta
Leaving the scene of an accident, also referred to as hit and run, is a criminal offense. In Atlanta, Georgia, leaving the scene of an accident can result in a lawsuit and a conviction will result in serious criminal penalties, such as jail time, fines, probation, community service and more. It will also result in driver’s license suspension. In order to avoid consequences of this nature, contact Atlanta Ticket Lawyers right away.
If you or someone you know is facing hit and run charges, please take a moment to contact a skilled attorney can work to protect your rights. Because leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense, you will need a lawyer who is experienced in defending cases in criminal court and who can provide aggressive legal representation at every step of the criminal process.
Charges & Penalties for Hit & Run Accidents
Did I violate Georgia’s Hit and Run Statute?
OCGA 40-6-270 reads as follows:
(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person or in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident or shall stop as close thereto as possible and forthwith return to the scene of the accident and shall:
(1) Give his or her name and address and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving;
(2) Upon request and if it is available, exhibit his or her operator’s license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with;
(3) Render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the transporting, or the making of arrangements for the transporting, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such transporting is requested by the injured person; and
(4) Where a person injured in such accident is unconscious, appears deceased, or is otherwise unable to communicate, make every reasonable effort to ensure that emergency medical services and local law enforcement are contacted for the purpose of reporting the accident and making a request for assistance.
The driver shall in every event remain at the scene of the accident until fulfilling the requirements of this subsection. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
(b) If such accident is the proximate cause of death or a serious injury, any person knowingly failing to stop and comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.
(c)(1) If such accident is the proximate cause of an injury other than a serious injury or if such accident resulted in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person, any person knowingly failing to stop or comply with the requirements of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and:
(A) Upon conviction shall be fined not less than $300.00 nor more than $1,000.00, which fine shall not be subject to suspension, stay, or probation, or imprisoned for up to 12 months, or both;
In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without providing insurance and contact information and giving assistance to those who may have been injured in the accident. Knowingly and willfully leaving the scene of an accident which results in serious bodily injury or death to another person is a felony offense in Georgia. A conviction may result in one to five years in state prison, along with fines and other penalties. A felony conviction may also stay on a person’s criminal record for life, affecting job opportunities, his/her reputation, ability to get certain loans and also to purchase or possess a firearm.
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