There is no reason why anyone should be charged with hit and run. That being said, we understand why many people throughout Wayne and Oakland Counties are arrested and charged with this crime every year. After an accident, especially if there are injuries or deaths, it's understandable that people might feel scared. They don't want to go to jail, so they drive away from the scene, hoping they won't get caught. Unfortunately, most people are eventually tracked down and arrested. Other people simply freak out and run away, unable to deal with the magnitude of what has just happened. Other people run because they can't afford to pay for the damage to the vehicles or the medical bills of those injured. In other cases people flee the scene, but then want to come forward and turn themselves in, however, they don't because they are scared they will face criminal charges for running away.
The point is, there are a number of reasons why people hit and run, but that's no excuse. If you were involved in an auto accident, do not flee the scene. Instead, exchange information with the other parties involved. If you get arrested, which is likely if you were driving under the influence or you caused a serious or fatal accident, then contact our firm for experienced defense representation. Just because you have been arrested does not necessarily mean you will be convicted. There are a number of effective defense strategies we can use to help you fight your charges and negotiate for reduced charges or penalties. Trust us when we say that running from the scene of an accident only makes your situation worse, as you will not only be charged for drunk driving, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, etc., but you will now also face enhanced penalties for the hit & run.
If you have been charged with hit and run in Oakland County or Wayne County, contact an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Freedman & Freedman today by calling (877) 858-5297!