Leaving The Scene Of The Crime

The penalties for leaving the scene of an accident (hit-and-run) in the state of New Jersey are very serious if an injury or fatality is involved. In the case of injury or death, if you fail to stop immediately you face a fine between $2,500 and $5,000, imprisonment for up to 180 days, and the suspension of your license for a year from the date of your conviction. If you leave the scene of an accident involving only property damage, you still face fines, a possible jail sentence, and a six-month suspension of your license. For these and other important reasons, it's important to consult an attorney before talking to police — even if you haven't turned yourself in yet or been apprehended.

Our office can protect your rights and help you avoid unwanted, additional legal complications that often occur as a result of waiting too long to turn yourself in or waiting until you are arrested. To schedule a free, confidential consultation protected by the attorney-client privilege, contact hit-and-run accident attorney Mark M. Cheser today.

Leaving The Scene Of Traffic Accidents

The criminal defense law office of Mark M. Cheser counsels and defends people charged with leaving the scene of an accident in cases involving the following:

  • Pedestrian knockdowns
  • Hitting a bicyclist
  • Knocking over a motorcyclist
  • Car accident hit-and-run
  • Damaging another car on a parking lot

Challenging Charges Of Hit-And-Run

There may be a number of reasons why a person doesn't stop after an accident. In some hit-and-run cases — especially those involving large cars or trucks and smaller vehicles — a driver may not be aware he or she struck or damaged another car. Even if you are aware you hit another car, did the other driver stop? Even if you were aware that you were leaving the scene of an accident, certain health problems, psychological disorders, or fears you have may persuade the judge to reduce the sentence or charge against you.

Contact Union, New Jersey Hit-And-Run Accident Attorney Mark M. Cheser

Before you talk to police about what happened and the reasons you left the scene of an accident, contact criminal defense attorney Mark M. Cheser today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you.