Hit and Run - Leaving the Scene of an Accident

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One of Georgia's Most Serious Offenses is Hit and Run  / Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Hit and Run specifically refers to striking another vehicle that is occupied and then driving away.   Leaving the scene of an accident and failing in one's duty to report an accident or striking a fixed object are similar offenses.  These are very serious traffic offenses that can have even harsher penalties than a DUI.  For example, for someone with no prior record, a DUI driver can often get a limited permit for school and work.  In the case of Hit an Run, many times there no limited permit to drive.  Additionally, Hit and Run is a crime of specific intent.  You have a decide to leave the scene of an accident.  As a result, hit and run - leaving the scene of an accident is more serious than DUI in Georgia.

Our Experience is the Difference:

For almost 20 years, Richard Lawson has defended Hit and Run cases throughout Georgia, Atlanta, Metro Atlanta, and North Georgia.  He is a former Georgia Prosecutor trained by the same people who are prosecuting the case against you. Put his experience to work for you today. His reviews can be found on AVVO.  As the top-rated and most reviewed lawyer in Georgia, he will use his experience to fight for you. Your case will not defend itself. You need to act now to protect your rights.

What Do We do in Georgia Hit and Run Cases?

If convicted of hit and run, a driver will face at least a four-month driver's license suspension. In limited circumstances, you may qualify for a restricted license depending on your driver's record.  If you are convicted of Hit and Run with DUI, your will not qualify for any type of license.

Additionally, if you have prior offenses or are convicted of an offense that carries its own suspension, along with the Hit and Run, you may be facing a "hard suspension" of your license.  A hard suspension means you will have no license or permit whatsoever.  Hit and Run can also have devastating effects on your insurance if convicted.

With all this being said, things are not hopeless.  There are many offenses similar to Hit and Run that do not cause a license suspension or some of the other penalties associated with the offense.  Many times our office has successfully achieved reductions of the charge to less serious offenses.

Pursuant to plea negations, our lawyers have also had a lot of success in getting the state to drop the hit and run charges altogether.  The ability to get the charge of leaving the scene of an accident dropped or reduced is the difference between having your license or having your license suspended.

In some instances, what the officer perceives as hit and run, is actually just failing to report striking a fixed object under GA law.   Our lawyers have also successfully defended these cases asserting that the hit and run was justified as the person was defending themselves and trying to get out of harms way.  If you are facing a leaving the scene of an accident or hit and run charges, call our law office today to see how we can help you.

The Key is knowing how Georgia's Hit and Run laws can actually work for you

Most cases start out as a violation of the specific Hit and Run Law (O.C.G.A 40-6-270).  This is the most serious version of the charge, the one that causes a 6 month license suspension.  However, the facts of your case may be more like the other, less serious version of the law. (Duty upon Striking unattended vehicle O.C.G.A 40-6-271 & Duty to Report an Accident O.C.G.A 40-6-273)

The role of your lawyer, many times, is to try to apply the facts of your case to the other versions of the Hit and Run Laws.  That is how your attorney will be able to keep you out of jail and save your drivers license.  The advocacy of your attorney is the most important thing in your case. 

According to Georgia law O.C.G.A. 40-6-270, (the Hit and Run statute):

(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person or in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident or shall stop as close thereto as possible and forthwith return to the scene of the accident and shall:

(1) Give his or her name and address and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving;

(2) Upon request and if it is available, exhibit his or her operator's license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with;

(3) Render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the transporting, or the making of arrangements for the transporting, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such transporting is requested by the injured person; and

(4) Where a person injured in such accident is unconscious, appears deceased, or is otherwise unable to communicate, make every reasonable effort to ensure that emergency medical services and local law enforcement are contacted for the purpose of reporting the accident and making a request for assistance. The driver shall in every event remain at the scene of the accident until fulfilling the requirements of this subsection. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

(b) If such accident is the proximate cause of death or a serious injury, any person knowingly failing to stop and comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.

O.C.G.A. 40-6-271 (Duty upon striking unattended vehicle) states as follows:

(a) The driver of any vehicle which collides with any vehicle which is unattended shall immediately stop and shall then and there either locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle or shall leave in a conspicuous place on the vehicle struck a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and the owner of the vehicle doing the striking.

(b) Any person who fails to comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Finally, O.C.G.A. 40-6-273 is the Duty to report accident resulting in injury, death, or property damage and states in the pertinent part:

The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or property damage to an apparent extent of $500.00 or more shall immediately, by the quickest means of communication, give notice of such accident to the local police department if such accident occurs within a municipality. If such accident occurs outside a municipality, such notice shall be given to the office of the county sheriff or to the nearest office of the state patrol.

Contact Us Today to Protect Your Right to Drive and Your Freedom:

No one knows better than our office the seriousness of Georgia's Hit and Run laws.  You are facing penalties more severe than DUI in Georgia.  We are here 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to help you.  Contact us now for immediate attention.

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    Richard Lawson is by far the BEST Lawyer in Georgia. I was on my way home from Northern Georgia and heading to Central Florida. I was pulled over by the Georgia Highway Patrol for speeding and was eventually charged with DUI Refusal (2nd Time). After I was released from around 10pm, Richard answered his phone the first time I called. We spoke about what had transpired and he also told me my options with me possibly hiring him and he was hired by the end our conversation. During the course of my case I never had to return to Georgia and by the end of my case Richard had gotten my DUI Refusal (2nd time) dismissed and reduced to Reckless Driving. In addition to this whenever I called or emailed Richard he would respond within an hour or less. I now am confident to recommend Richard to anyone that needs similar help while in the state of Georgia and lives out of state. Read On

  • Kimberly Berry is a hard working, honest, future saving, SUPERIOR Attorney!

    Our teenager went off to College (August 2012) with a "You don't have to worry about me, I will not get into trouble, I know what I'm doing" attitude. Two MIP's within the first three months and a citation four months later, proved that attitude wrong. After we had a "come to Jesus" discussion with our "know it all" college student, took away pretty much all privileges, and issued a required repayment plan, we then had to find an attorney. Kimberly was a Godsend. We were contacted in less than five minutes of sending an SOS email and she gave us her cell phone number to call at anytime, day or night with any questions or concerns. I have never heard of an attorney that would give out their cell number or allow to you call them anytime. She promptly returned phone calls and emails. She took care of everything, explained all options, advised us, dealt with DA's, judges, clerks, and eased our worries. Kimberly went above and beyond what we expected, kept us constantly informed, delayed the cases to our benefit, and worked tirelessly to save our teen's future. All of which was included in her initial fee! There were no added fees, no minute by minute charges, no paperwork charges, no charges for phone conversations, etc., that most all other attorneys require. I find this miraculous, because we got so much more than our moneys worth - if we calculated all of her hard work, emails, phone calls, court dates, etc., I just do not see how she can charge so little for everything! She is worth so much more. Kimberly is truly amazing!! Our teen now has a clean, clear record for the future, thank God, learned some very hard life lessons, found out parents are right in most things, growing up is not easy, and now is on the right track for success. The bad choices that were made in the first year of college will be erased, and the future is bright again because of Kimberly's successful strategy. I never do reviews, but I had to in this situation, because we are SO thankful that Kimberly represented our teen. No one could have done any better. We have dealt with other attorneys in our business, paid outrageous, ridiculous, overpriced fees by the minute, and never, ever felt they were working for our best interest. Kimberly is so different than all other attorneys. She does care, she works hard, she is honest, always in touch, and absolutely the BEST attorney you could ever have. We are not exaggerating, we were not asked to do a recommendation, we are doing this with sincere gratitude from the bottom of our hearts. Read On

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    When I totaled my vehicle off the side of a mountain in North Georgia, the last thing I was thinking about was getting a DUI. I was injured severely and spent over a week in the hospital. While in the hospital, I got a call informing me I was facing a DUI charge. If I would have gotten a DUI, I would have lost my job and not been able to get another position in the same industry. I had gotten a DUI in the past, so this would have been my second. Mr. Lawson got my charges reduced to reckless driving and saved my career. With my charges reduced, I was able to keep my job. It also meant that I was eligible for advancement in the company I work for. After my conviction, Mr. Lawson made sure to follow up to discuss any questions I had and to make sure I knew exactly what to do. Several months later I had some questions and he got back to me the same day. He made sure to go above and beyond what was required and I could not have been more satisfied with Mr. Lawson. If it weren't for him, I don't know where my life would be today. Read On

Recent Case Results

  • The client was charged with DUI for the second time in 5 years. The DUI charge was reduced to Reckless Driving saving his job. When facing a second DUI in 5 years in Georgia, there is no limited permit if convicted. As a result, the reckless driving saved the client's job and family income. Read On

  • The client was charged with two DUIs within a single month. One DUI was reduced to Reckless Driving because of insufficient evidence that he had been driving the vehicle and because of the officer’s failure to properly administer the field sobriety tests. Read On

  • The client was charged with DUI and submitted to a State blood test which showed a B.A.C. almost three times the legal limit. After submitting to the State blood test, the client requested her own blood test at a hospital that was nearby. The officer denied the client's independent test request. Case reduced to reckless driving. Read On


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