Hit & Run


Hit and run, also called leaving the scene of an accident, is a criminal charge that requires serious attention. Depending on the circumstances of the hit and run, this charge can be as low as a class C misdemeanor or as high as a third degree felony. It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Houston when dealing with a charge of hit and run because you want to present the best defense possible on your day in court.

To be charged with a hit and run, you must:

  • Be in an accident that involves an injury or death of a person and do not stop to give aid or your personal information and/or are unavailable to show your driver’s license.
  • Be in an accident with a parked vehicle and do not attempt to find the owner or leave a note in an obvious spot to provide your personal information.
  • Be in an accident with a fixture, such as a mailbox or part of the highway, and do not attempt find the owner of the fixture, do not provide your personal information, and/or do not file a police report of the accident if you feel the value of the damage may be $1000 or more.

Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The penalties for hit and run vary in Texas. If the hit and run involves an injury or death of a person, it is a third degree felony offense. If the hit and run involves an occupied vehicle, unoccupied vehicle or property, and the damage is more than $200, it is a class C misdemeanor. If the damage is greater than $200, it is a class B misdemeanor.

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Penalties for third degree felony hit and run include:

  • Two to ten years in prison.
  • Up to a $10,000 fine
  • Suspension of driver’s license

Penalties for class B misdemeanor hit and run include:

  • Up to 180 days in a country jail
  • Up to a $2000 fine
  • Suspension of driver’s license

Penalties for class C misdemeanor hit and run include:

  • Up to a $500 fine
  • Suspension of driver’s licenseMadrid Law - Houston criminal justice lawyer

Contact Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Mario Madrid Today

Mario Madrid of Madrid Law can help you if you are facing hit and run charges and he can explain what the charges mean for you and what you can expect from the criminal justice system of The State of Texas. Make the right choice for your defense against hit and run charges; contact criminal defense attorney Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400 to evaluate your case today.

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