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Hit & Run Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Leaving the scene of an accident, also known as hit and run accidents, is a criminal violation in St. Louis and can have serious consequences. Any person operating a motor vehicle and involved in an accident resulting in personal injury or property damage of any kind is required by law to:

  • Stop in a safe place;
  • Render aid to anyone injured; and
  • Provide your personal information to the appropriate party

If you are unable to identify or contact the appropriate party, you are legally required to leave a note with your contact information AND file an accident report with the police. Failure to do these things constitutes a hit and run case.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a hit and run, it is imperative you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in order to preserve your rights during the investigation and learn how the law applies to your specific situation.

Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Leaving the scene of an accident can have potentially serious consequences. In the State of Missouri, R.S.Mo. §577.060 states that leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident is a class A misdemeanor except it is a class D felony if the accident resulted in:

  • Physical injury to another party; or
  • Property damage in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00); or
  • The defendant has previously been convicted or plead guilty to a violation of this law

In addition to the potential to have your driving privileges suspended or revoked, any driver that is convicted of a hit and run accident may find themselves imprisoned, paying immense fines, having their insurance revoked, or even be open to legal charges if someone was harmed in the accident.

Since many drivers that leave the scene of an accident are attempting to avoid legal penalties from being under the influence, driving without a valid license, driving without insurance, or simply afraid, the extenuating circumstances surrounding the accident can result in additional charges.

How Can A Defense Attorney Help My Case?

Our criminal defense attorneys have unique experience allowing them to provide a comprehensive defense strategy. As former police officers and a former prosecutor, attorney Brian Millikan and attorney Christopher A. Wright understand how the prosecution may build a criminal case against you. This valuable insight has allowed them to successfully defend clients across St. Louis.

If you have been charged with a hit and run accident, you will need legal help as soon as possible. We can help. Give Millikan Wright, LLC a call and speak with a member of our legal team about all of the ways that we can help you. No defense is too early!

Hear From Our Previous Clients

"I have used Millikan Wright several times throughout the years, as well as my family, and have never been left unsatisfied. Brian Millikan has helped me through a few things and made the entire process as smooth as possible. I would recommend this firm for any needs that you may have, they are very professional and ..."
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