Most people don’t think about leaving or running after an accident…It just happens. Sometimes people are in a state of shock themselves. They may have suffered physical trauma themselves or the mental trauma of seeing the person they struck mangled, bleeding and possibly dead. Flight is a natural human reaction to these types of situations. When it finally sinks in, panic is replaced by fear of the consequences. People in these situations do not set out to become a felon or a criminal. The split second decision to run or stay is done in an instant, and then the driver has a lifetime to deal with the consequences. An arrest may or may not be made. An investigation will however surely follow, particularly if there is serious bodily injury or death. This is where having a good experienced criminal lawyer can make the difference between freedom and prison. It is one thing to feel guilty, it is another to be guilty and get sentenced to State prison. All the guilt in the world will not bring someone back to life. All the guilt in the world can land you in jail, away from your family, and with your life now destroyed. I do feel bad for the families of hit and run drivers. They need closure. As a criminal defense attorney, my job is to protect my client. Confession may be good for the soul, but it ends up putting your body in jail. Closure for my clients should not be prison.
In all hit and run cases, the State must have evidence putting you behind the wheel. That evidence should not come from your mouth. Even if you have already confessed, there may be a technicality that keeps that confession from coming into evidence. You may not have been advised of your rights. What you said may have been covered by some type of privilege. Very few cases are “impossible” and our goal is to keep you out of jail, keep you from becoming a convicted felon and restore your life to normality. If you are under investigation for hit and run there is no shame in “lawyering up”. In fact, that is exactly what you should do. Guilt is a wasted emotion. It does no good. It changes nothing.
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