Leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury is a serious crime in Aurora, Englewood, and Centennial. Situations often arise where a driver panics after hitting a pedestrian, someone on a bike, or another vehicle, and flees hoping to not get caught. However, there are other scenarios where drivers are overcharged after leaving the scene to get help, report the accident, or simply trying to move their vehicle out of harm’s way. If you’ve been accused of a hit and run resulting in injury in Arapahoe, Douglas, or Elbert county, contacting an experienced defense attorney should be your next move.
Arapahoe County Hit and Run Law
Arapahoe County’s hit and run law prohibits drivers from leaving the scene of an accident that causes serious bodily injury. CRS 42-4-1603 addresses the specific actions a driver must take following an accident of this nature. Law enforcement will look to charge if they believe you failed to:
- remain at the scene of the accident,
- offer reasonable assistance to the victim (arranging for medical help, calling 911, etc),
- provide your name, address, and vehicle registration number,
- show your driver’s license if requested,
- or file an accident report (if no police are at the scene)
The injuries themselves are what amplify the consequences in these types of car accidents. Pain, a first-degree burn, scratches, cuts, bruises, or any impairment of someone’s physical or mental condition are considered injuries by Colorado law. However, if the injury involves a substantial risk of permanent disfigurement or death, loss or impairment of organ function, requires surgical treatment, or includes broken bones or fractures, it’s considered a serious bodily injury.
How Serious is Hit and Run Causing Injury in Aurora?
A conviction for hit and run causing another’s injury is at minimum a class 1 traffic misdemeanor. Depending on specific facts of your unique case, a conviction can lead to:
- up to 12 months in county jail,
- fines of $300 – $1K
However, conviction for a hit and run causing serious bodily injury is a class 4 felony. Defendants in these cases face:
- a prison sentence of 2 – 6 years,
- fines of $2K – $500K,
- a period of parole
Personal injury claims can also fall on the driver at fault as well, sometimes including financial obligations for medical bills and property damage.
Arapahoe County Hit and Run Lawyer
When it comes to strong defense in a hit and run case, drivers should look to Sawyer Legal Group for representation. We have decades of combined experience successfully navigating these cases when injury and serious bodily injury are involved and our reviews speak for themselves. Perhaps you were also seriously injured which prevented specific steps, you didn’t realize what occurred, or the other driver said they weren’t injured at the scene. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. One of our strategic criminal defense lawyers will carefully examine your situation, answer your questions, and suggest next steps. With affordable fees and flexible payment plans, valuable representation from Sawyer Legal Group is a reality for those facing accusations.
Don’t talk to police about hit and run causing injury – talk to us. 303-731-0719
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