Hit & Run Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our Team of St. Louis Attorneys Work to Protect You
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!