Illinois Leaving the Scene of an Accident Attorney
Leaving the scene of an accident, also called hit-and-run, is a serious criminal offense that goes well beyond a traffic violation. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, this can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony and can result in up to 5 years in prison and $25,000 in fines for a conviction. Additionally, your driver's license could be suspended or revoked. If you are charged with leaving the scene of an accident, it is essential to hire an attorney who can effectively represent you and protect your rights. At the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio, we know how to defend against hit and run charges. We fight to protect both your freedom and your driving privileges.
Understanding Hit and Run Charges
Under Illinois law, drivers are required to stop and lend assistance whenever they are involved in an accident that involves personal injury or damage to property. Failing to do so can result in criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depends primarily on what type of damage was caused. If there is only property damage (i.e. from a parking lot accident), you will most likely be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.
When an accident results in personal injury and a driver fails to stop and help, that driver is typically charged with a Class 4 felony. A conviction on this charge can result in a sentence or up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. If a death is involved, it may be a Class 3 felony, which can lead to a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine for a conviction. Our attorneys seek to minimize the consequences our clients face. We are experienced in handling these cases and offer aggressive defense representation.
If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, we have the experience and knowledge to effectively defend you. Our Practice serves clients throughout the Cook County and DuPage County including Wheaton, Bridgeview, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie. Contact Us today for a free initial consultation.