Chicago Lawyer for Leaving the Scene of an Accident Charge
Cook and DuPage County Attorney for Traffic Violations
Sometimes accidents happen so quickly and unexpectedly, that you might panic and leave the scene without thinking about what will happen. Leaving the scene of an accident can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the extent of the accident and others involved. If there is property damage, it is classified as a misdemeanor for leaving the scene. If someone is injured or killed, the charges may escalate to felony charges.
Mr. Moretti is an experienced Cook County and DuPage County traffic violations and criminal defense lawyer with 18 years of experience. Mr. Moretti will give you and your case the personal attention you deserve. He will review your case, including the accident report, witness and police reports, charges filed against you, and the investigation. He will then prepare an aggressive defense strategy to help you get the most favorable outcome possible.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
If you are being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, you may be facing serious consequences depending on what happened. Leaving the scene of an accident which involved property damage to another vehicle, a house or business, or other personal property, is a Class A misdemeanor. You may face up to 364 days in jail, a fine up to $2,500, or a combination of both, and the possibility of having your license suspended or revoked.
If someone is injured or killed in the accident and you leave the scene, the charge can be upgraded to a Class 4 felony. If you fail to report the accident within 30 minutes, it increases to a Class 2 felony. Both are punishable by time in prison and a fine up to $25,000 or both, and the possibility of a license suspension or revocation.
Leaving the scene of an accident may have just been a misjudgment at the time of the accident because you were confused or scared of what happened. It does not mean the rest of your life should be affected by having a misdemeanor or felony on your record.
Contact a Cook and DuPage County Lawyer for Leaving the Scene of an Accident Charges
If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, contact an experienced attorney today. Contact Mr. Moretti and get the respect and personal attention you deserve. He will work with you to review your case, plan a strategic defense plan, and fight for your rights.
You deserve an experienced lawyer on your side who will defend your rights in the courtroom. Call Moretti Law, P.C. at 312-861-1084 for your complimentary consultation today. Mr. Moretti serves clients in Cook and DuPage County from offices in Chicago, Oak Brook, and Schaumburg.