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Hit and Run Lawyer in Jefferson Parish
The crime of Hit and Run under La. R.S. 14:100 is taken very seriously in Jefferson Parish. We represent clients who have been arrested or received a hit and run summons. If you think you are under investigation for hit and run, contact us. Many times, if you committed a hit and run, the police end up finding the driver due to video surveillance in parking lots that pick up the license plate.
The other common scenario is when the driver is involved in an accident then flees the scene. The driver may drive away or even leave the vehicle at the scene and run off on foot. Either way, the cops will be calling. We are often hire to provide a paid consultations in these situations because clients just want to know what to do now. Click here for the paid consultation. In other situations, you may need to hire us to communicate with the police as well as defend you in the criminal court case.
Understanding Hit and Run
This simply means that a driver refuses to stop after being involved in an accident or hitting someone. He refuses to stop and in so doing fails to provide proof of identity and render help in any way that he can. Depending on the facts of each case, this offense can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. It can be a felony when the injuries which are sustained by the victim from the accident are considered to very serious while it is considered to be a misdemeanor when the injuries are not too serious. The law guiding this offense in Louisiana is La. R.S. 14:100
If you have been charged with a hit and run offense (felony or misdemeanor), the best thing which you can do is to make sure that you get a criminal defense attorney for yourself. The Barkemeyer Law Firm would be crucial when seeking to defend yourself in Jefferson Parish. With the aid of his team, Mr. Barkemeyer would help you put together a good defense.
Penalties for Misdemeanor
The penalties for hit and run would depend largely on what category of offenses which it falls under. If it is a misdemeanor, then you might be facing a fine not exceeding $500. You could also get jail time not exceeding 6 months. The judge has discretion when it comes to ordering these judgements and can choose to hand you both. You would most likely be convicted for this offense when:
- Sufficient evidence has been shown to prove that after the accident occurred, the driver chose not to stop or assist the victim in any way with the complete awareness that the actions he was taking had the potential to lead to a criminal investigation in the future.
If these conditions are proved, then it is likely that the person would be convicted for the offense of hit and run, unless your lawyer can work out a different resolution with the prosecutor.
Penalties for Felony Hit and Run
When the offense falls under the felony category, the punishments are much more intense and rightly so. It would be considered to be a felony when the incident of hit and run causes serious bodily harm to the victim or even death and the driver ought to have known that his actions had caused such harm to the victim. If a person is convicted for this offense, then he would have to pay a fine not exceeding $5000. He could also earn jail time which would not exceed ten years. The judge can also choose both sets of punishments. However, this offense is one which is considered to be probatable in nature. In other words, the option to suspend the sentence of the person is an option which is open to him. Instead, the person would be placed on probation a period of time set out by the judge.
However, things could even be worse for the person if all of these conditions are proved in court;
- That his actions had caused serious or grievous harm to the person or had even led to death
- That the driver ought to have been aware that his actions had been the cause of the accident
- And the driver must have been convicted for an offense related to driving under the influence of alcohol or any substance which is deemed to be a controlled substance by law.
Once these conditions have been met, then the person would be liable to jail time of not less than 5 years and not exceeding 20 years. This can come with or without hard labor depending on the circumstances of the case. Also, this particular category cannot be expunged from your records neither is it considered to be probatable in any whatsoever.
It is therefore clear that the problems which are associated with the offense of hit and run are quite numerous. It can lead to the complete destruction of your life. With this in mind, once you are accused of the offense of hit and run, it would be wise for you to get yourself a criminal attorney in Jefferson Parish. With a team of respectable lawyers, you can be assured that your case is in good hands.
The Barkemeyer Law Firm realizes the fear and anxiety that would normally come with being charged with the offense of hit and run. We understand just how serious and life-changing it can be. With this firmly entrenched in our mind, we make sure that we present the best possible case for our clients in court.
We take all cases the same way regardless of whether it might seem minor or big. We make sure all cases are treated equally and strive to be excellent when representing you. With us by your side, you can have a measure of confidence as we will do all in our power to make sure that you have a favorable decision. Contact us if you need a lawyer for Hit and Run or Fleeing the Scene of an Accident in Jefferson Parish, including Metairie, Gretna, Kenner, or Harahan.
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