Hit And Run Accident Attorney In Anoka, Minnesota
When you are n a motor vehicle accident, Minnesota law requires you to stay at the scene of the accident until police arrive or you exchange insurance information with all of the parties involved in the accident. A person who intentionally leaves the scene of the accident without exchanging insurance information can be charged with a hit and run.
If you have been charged with hit and run or you have been contacted by law enforcement about such an accident, an experienced Minnesota hit and run accident attorney can help you fight the charges against you.
Experience With All Types of Hit & Run Cases
Mr. Peterson has experience with the following types of hit and run cases:
- Property hit and run
- Bicycle hit and run
- Vehicle vs. vehicle hit and run
- Pedestrian hit and run
When accused of hitting a person or an object, there can be consequences. It is the type of accident that will determine the exact consequences and those consequences will have an impact on your future.
Fighting Hit And Run Penalties
The penalty for hit and run depends on the amount of damage that is done during the accident. If an accident results in bodily harm, the charge is a gross misdemeanor. This could mean up to one year in jail and $3,000 in fines. If there was great bodily harm, then the charge is a felony and that could result in up to $4,000 in fines and two years in prison. If the accident causes death, then the penalty can be fines of up to $5,000 and up to 3 years in prison. Your driver’s license could also be lost, depending on the nature of the accident.
The charge alone can have consequences, which is why you need an experienced Anoka criminal defense attorney working with you. The charge can appear on your criminal record and that means it can be seen in a background check. If convicted, you could experience difficulty keeping your job, finding a job, going to school, and doing anything that requires a background check. If that is the case, you can consult with your attorney about having the record expunged once the required time period passes and as long as the circumstances around the offense show that expungement is ideal. Nonetheless, it is important to understand that securing a competent and aggressive criminal defense from the beginning can help you effectively combat the charges so that the consequences are not as severe and so that the possibility of expungement is more likely in the future. It is important to not rely on the possibility of the offense being sealed on your criminal record.