Hit and Run in Arizona Involving Damage to a Vehicle
In Arizona, you are legally obligated to stop if you are in a motor vehicle accident. Failing to do so is known as leaving the scene of an accident, failure to stop, or hit and run. They all mean the same thing, and can have very serious consequences. Getting in a car accident can be a very emotionally jarring and shocking to your system. This can cause some people to behave irrationally and may even result in someone leaving the scene of the accident without realizing the gravity of the situation.
If you were involved in a hit and run in Arizona involving damage to a vehicle, contact Todd Coolidge immediately. A certified criminal law specialist can assist you in fighting misdemeanor charges and aim to have them reduced to non-criminal offenses to help you avoid having a criminal record.
One aspect of your requirement to stop is your duty to give information and assistance. That duty entails the following actions.
- Show your driver’s license if requested by the other driver
- Provide your name, address and registration information to the other driver
- Provide first aid, assistance, and/or contact the appropriate medical emergency personnel if necessary
If this information or assistance is not provided, you may be found to have violated this statute and can face up to 30 days in jail and up to $500 in fines and a Class 3 misdemeanor on your record.
As stated above, If you are involved in an accident involving damage to a vehicle, you must stop. If you aren’t able to stop for some reason such as traffic, etc., you must turn around and return to the scene as soon as you possibly can. You will face a similar class 3 misdemeanor if convicted of hit and run in Arizona involving damage to a vehicle, and also have your driver’s license revoked for a year.
Are you facing failure to stop in charges in Arizona? Contact Todd Coolidge immediately! In our next blog, we will discuss hit and run in Arizona Involving Death or Personal Injury.
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