Friday, December 13, 2013

Get the Facts on Hit & Run Charges

In the state of Nevada, drivers involved in collisions have a responsibility to stop and render reasonable aid to any injured victims and to give their information to the other drivers (NRS 484E.010). The failure to do so will result in charges for fleeing the scene, more commonly referred to as hit & run. 

Regardless of whether the accident resulted in property damage, injury, or fatality, any drivers involved are required to exchange the following information at the scene:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Vehicle registration
  • Driver’s license (if someone requests to see it)

If you are involved in an accident and fail to stop and give aid or provide your information to other drivers, you will face either misdemeanor or felony charges.

Misdemeanor Hit & Run – Property Damage

You will be charged with a misdemeanor offense if you flee from an accident that only resulted in property damage. If you hit and damage an unoccupied vehicle or other property with your vehicle, you have a duty to try to find the owner or leave a note with your name and address, and to also inform law enforcement about the accident.

If you are convicted of misdemeanor hit & run, your penalties will include:
  • 6 points to your driver’s license;
  • Fines up to $1,000; and/or
  • Incarceration in county jail for a maximum of 6 months.

Felony Hit & Run – Bodily Injury or Death

Hit & run is charged as Category B felony offense when the accident results in bodily injury or death to a victim. If you are convicted of leaving the scene of an accident that involved injury or fatality, your penalties will include:
  • Fines between $2,000 and $5,000;
  • Incarceration in state prison for 2 to 15 years; and
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.

Charged with leaving the scene of an accident in Clark County? Our defense team at De Castroverde Law Group is experienced in fighting all types of misdemeanor and felony charges. Visit the Hit & Run page on our website for more information.