Washington State Hit and Run penalties can be found under RCW 46.52.020. The short and skinny of our hit and run law(s)? If you hit someone or something, and you don’t stop and leave some very specific information, you are committing a crime. What level of crime depends on the facts of the individual case at issue. Of course the real question is – if a person leaves the scene after hitting someone or something, how do they get caught? After all, they didn’t remain on the scene to be cited or arrested by police.
In one recent hit and run case, law enforcement was able to figure out ‘who dun-nit’ with ‘overwhelming community support and tips’ in identifying the suspect. Due to that help, the government was able to develop sufficient probable cause to arrest the suspect. Currently the suspect remains at large, but law enforcement is on the hunt. The suspect’s car has been located. Next up, the driver, whom is facing a felony hit and run because the accident involved a death. The injured party was found on the side of the road by a passerby several hours after the incident.
If you or a loved one is facing a hit and run (or any other type of criminal charge) don’t hesitate to hire a qualified Seattle Criminal Defense Lawyer. The Seattle Criminal Defense Attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle criminal attorneys that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested or criminally charged all across Western Washington and the Greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances of the given case. So, whether you are cited with an infraction or arrested and/or charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or a felony, protect yourself … call SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900.