Police are investigating a Milwaukee hit and run accident that occurred yesterday evening, which sent a man to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Apparently, the driver of a Chevy Suburban ran a stop light slamming into a 35-year-old man driving a PT Cruiser, resulting in serious injury. The driver of the Suburban left the scene afterward.
Leaving the scene of an accident, hit and run, is a serious matter. If there is substantial property damage or if someone is injured in an accident the operator of the vehicle is required by law to notify the police department immediately. Failure to do so will likely be treated as a criminal offense. Depending on the circumstances, penalties may range from fines and license suspension for less serious offenses to incarceration for more egregious acts.
Are the Police Looking For You for Involvement in a Wisconsin Hit and Run Accident?
If you are worried that the police are searching for you because of a pending investigation for “leaving the scene of an accident”, we can help. We will determine which law enforcement agency has jurisdiction over the matter and contact the officer assigned to your case to present mitigating information to convey your cooperation and respect for the legal system. We can attempt to make arrangements for the officer to issue you a citation/notice to appear in lieu of a formal arrest. Your cooperation paired with experienced legal representation may help you avoid an embarrassing arrest or secure a more lenient sentence.
Did You Panic When Leaving the Scene of an Accident?
There are various reasons people leave the scene of an accident. Many of our clients describe feeling panicked because they may have been driving on a suspended license, did not have insurance or were driving under the influence (OWI). Under pressure, many simply made a poor decision and later recognized they over-reacted making the situation worse.
An experienced attorney will work on your behalf to explain the extenuating circumstances that may have led up to the accident and express your reasons for leaving the scene. If you are charged, a plea bargain process may help you avoid a formal conviction or lessen the severity of your punishment.
If you were involved in a Wisconsin hit and run accident, it is very important to seek legal representation immediately. The criminal defense team of Andrew C. Ladd LLC can help you. With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, our seasoned defense team provides our clients with strategic, aggressive criminal defense against a range of criminal charges including drunk driving defense, traffic offenses and more. Contact us today for a free consultation of your legal matter – we are here to help.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Overnight Hit-and-Run Accident Leaves One Seriously Injured”, by Sarah Hauer, July 29, 2016