Hit-Skip Charges in Columbus
Columbus Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyer
"Fleeing the Scene" or "Hit-Skip" in Ohio is a serious charge related to an individual who is involved in an accident and leaves the area without stopping, contacting law enforcement and medical assistance. These are extremely serious criminal charges, and it is critical that you contact a Columbus criminal defense lawyer at once if you have been involved in or arrested for this crime.
Hit-skip in the greater Columbus, Ohio area is generally viewed as "DUI in disguise". In other words, most accident investigation detectives, prosecutors, and judges infer from a defendant's actions in leaving the scene was a direct result of them being intoxicated and not wanting to get caught for DUI. Accordingly, these cases can start off quite harsh.
Typically, a person who leaves the scene of an accident will first learn they are in trouble when they discover that their vehicle has been towed to a police impound lot. Other times, a person knows they are in trouble when a detective calls or leaves their business card at the person's residence.
Many hit skip cases go unsolved. Many others involve the filing of charges. We have had significant success in avoiding hit skip penalties over the years in Ohio courts. These cases tend to have a plethora of evidentiary issues, namely -- "can the prosecutor prove beyond a reasonable doubt who was driving the vehicle that fled the scene?".
If you have been involved in a hit-skip and you are not sure what to do next, it is highly advisable that you privately consult a Columbus Ohio criminal defense lawyer with significant experience working with accident investigation detectives. To consult with one of our lawyers, Mondays - Sundays, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., you may call (614) 675-4845.
The penalties enacted by Ohio lawmakers are severe in such cases, and include jail, lengthy license suspensions, and significant BMV licensing issues if you are found guilty. At The Koffel Law Firm, the legal team has assisted many individuals who are facing charges of fleeing the scene" and is a proven and well-respected criminal defense law firm.
Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbus Defending Hit-Skip Charges
Legal counsel from The Koffel Law Firm can advise you how to protect yourself and to avoid the pitfalls involved with engaging in questioning without a lawyer. The firm is named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and Super Lawyers® in the state of Ohio, and you will be well-represented by a top criminal defense law firm. It is vital that you contact the firm as quickly as possible after your arrest.
If you or someone you know is facing this charge in Ohio, call (614) 675-4845 (7 a.m. - 10 p.m., 7 days a week). Contact a Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer (614) 675-4845.