Roanoke Hit & Run Lawyer
Virginia requires that individuals remain where they are after an accident. It is a crime in the Commonwealth for one to flee the scene of an accident. Doing so can result in the offender being charged with hit and run. Such a charge is different from a typical traffic ticket. The accused will face potential jail time, fines, and the possibility of being straddled with a criminal record. It is important to understand that you have options if you find yourself facing such charges. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke criminal defense lawyer handling hit and run cases. She prides herself on providing a high level of service and is ready to assist you. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney. We also service Salem and other southwest Virginia areas.
Criminal defense attorney assisting Roanoke and Salem defendants in hit and run cases
Virginia law requires that one remain at the scene after they cause an accident. They must also report the incident to law enforcement within 24 hours and attempt to render aid, if possible, to anyone whom they may have injured. Failure to meet this requirements can result in class one misdemeanor charges if the incident caused property damage of less than $1,000. If the incident caused injury to a person or property damage in excess of $1,000, then the accused will face class six felony charges. The former carries a potential sentence of up to twelve months in jail, while the latter can result in a five year prison sentence. These penalties are in addition to those which may be imposed for other charges, such as those for DUI, if the defendant was driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Misdemeanor hit and run cases will be heard in the General District Court as long as the person charged is 18 years old or older, while felony matters will be tried in the Circuit Court. The defendant will enter a plea of “not guilty” and a trial date is set. Hit and run charges sometimes involve issues of eyewitness identifications which were collected in violation of a defendant’s Constitutional Rights or were otherwise faulty. Another issue which arises in such cases is when law enforcement gains statements from a defendant in violation of their Miranda rights. These types of issues can be used to fight the charges outright. If a dismissal cannot be obtained, and a favorable resolution cannot be reached, then the prosecution will be required to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. Litigating a hit and run can be highly complicated. It is, therefore, crucial that you retain a lawyer experienced in handling such matters.
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke criminal defense attorney handling misdemeanor and felony hit and run cases. She will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and to begin formulating a strategy for your defense. If she believes that your rights were violated, then she will file the appropriate Motions with the Court and an evidentiary hearing will be requested. If the case cannot be dismissed, then she will work to gain you the best possible resolution. We understand that a case such as this can impact your future. Contact us today.
We also serve the southwest Virginia cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.
Roanoke lawyer handling other matters which accompany hit and run charges
Hit and run charges can often be accompanied by other counts of misconduct. Individuals may also find themselves charged with reckless driving or with driving under the influence of alcohol. Cerid is able to assist with such matters in Roanoke and elsewhere in Southwest Virginia.