You may be waking up and seeing the world a bit more clearly but your legal problems are just getting started. You have been charged with a DUI and a hit and run. This combination of criminal charges is very serious in the eyes of the law. But what if you do not even remember the accident?
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Assuming that this is your real-life scenario, you are facing consequences for two separate crimes. It is illegal for a driver to flee the scene of an accident whether it is your fault or another driver is to blame. If there are injuries, you must remain at the scene and share information with the police and the other drivers. Leaving the scene of an accident could leave you facing felony charges and possible license revocation. Penalties depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident and the amount of damage.
Hit-and-run drivers often flee the scene of an accident because they do not want to get caught. Perhaps they were texting and driving or they were high on drugs at the time of impact. These drivers evade confrontation because they believe it is the best way to avoid punishment.
But your circumstances are different and you are entitled to a defense. Perhaps someone else was driving your car, and you were in the car but not behind the wheel at the time of the hit-and-run. For all one knows, you were drunk and did not realize there was an accident.
Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. In a hit-and-run case, the burden of proof is on the prosecution and they need to prove that you committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Our defense strategies challenge that burden of proof as we work to protect our client’s rights.
Contact a Will County Criminal Defense Attorney
The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. can help you if you left the scene of an accident and are facing DUI charges. Our Will County criminal defense lawyer is skilled in these matters and will work tirelessly to reduce your legal consequences. Call 815-740-4025 for a free consultation.