If you have been accused of hit-and-run, you are facing a serious criminal charge with consequences that include possible jail time and a permanent criminal record. To protect your future and your reputation, you should contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.
The Law Office of Karl A. Mueller, PLC, defends people in Gilbert, Chandler, Apache Junction and throughout the East Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan areas who have been charged with leaving the scene of the accident. Attorney Karl Mueller has conducted hundreds of traffic-related trials as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Call 602-730-7857 for a free initial consultation.
Consequences Of Hit-And-Run Conviction
In Arizona, hit-and-run is charged as "leaving the scene of an accident." Depending on the severity of the accident, the consequences you face for leaving the scene could be far more serious than you might expect. There are many different levels of the offense. For example, if you hit a parked car and no one is injured, you will face misdemeanor charges. If you are accused of a hit-and-run in which someone is seriously injured, you could face a class 2 felony with the possibility of significant prison time.
Learn more about the consequences of a criminal traffic conviction.
Developing A Defense To Hit-And-Run Charges
Many times, hit-and-run cases do not involve witnesses. Traffic attorney Karl A. Mueller has extensive accident reconstruction training and experience, handling these cases for over five years as a prosecutor. He is familiar with the techniques detectives use to investigate these cases. He can evaluate the credibility of the state's case and make the inquiries to determine if the investigation was handled properly.
Leaving the scene of an accident case can be difficult for the prosecution to prove depending on the quality of the investigation. While a good investigation may be able to locate and prove that a particular vehicle was involved in a collision, proving who was driving that vehicle at the time can be very difficult.
Attorney Karl A. Mueller has extensive experience with accident reconstruction and is familiar with the various techniques used in hit-and-run cases. He is also familiar with the factual and legal challenges the prosecution faces. He has the necessary experience to carefully evaluate the credibility of the police investigation and determine its weaknesses. These cases can be difficult for both the prosecution and defense, which is why you want a lawyer who has the experience and ability to protect your rights.
There are many ways to fight the charges in a hit-and-run case. It may be the case that you were not the driver at the time of the accident. It is also important to investigate the degree of the accident and negotiate with the prosecutor. The lower the charge you face, the lower the potential consequences.