Kentucky Criminal Defense Attorney

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Fleeing from the scene of an accident is considered to be a crime in the state of Kentucky. There are many consequences which could result from a person leaving the scene of an accident. Some of these penalties might include a prison sentence or even a steep fine. If you are facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident, you need to take these charges seriously and look into finding a professional defense attorney who can help you with your case.

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The laws concerning leaving the scene of an accident in Kentucky state that any person who is operating a motor vehicle and whose vehicle, vehicle load, or vehicle equipment is involved in any type of accident that results in the injury or death of any person or that does any damage to another vehicle or property belonging to another person is to stop and remain at the scene of the accident. It is also required by law that the individual is to find out how bad the injuries of the individual are or how bad the damage is to the vehicle or property involved in the accident. After ascertaining the situation, it is then the duty of the individual to try and give any type of reasonable assistance that the situation calls for and that the individual is capable of giving. This can include carrying, making arrangements for carrying someone to a doctor, surgeon or hospital. The individual is required to give the owner of the other vehicle involved in the situation the vehicle registration number and other related information if it is requested.

It is also required by Kentucky law that if you should get into an accident that involves some type of unattended vehicle or property, you are required to notify the owner by leaving some type of notification that contains your name, vehicle registration number, and address. It is also up to this individual to call and report the incident to the local police.

Someone who is guilty of leaving the scene of an accident is going to face some penalties. One of the penalties is a fine. The fine can range anywhere from twenty dollars to one hundred dollars. These fines are in addition to the fees and court costs you will have to pay. You could also end up being put behind bars in the county jail for up to a year for leaving the scene of an accident.

These types of offenses are usually only misdemeanors, but a misdemeanor can still go on your public record. A misdemeanor charge on your permanent record can make getting a full time job or a new apartment a challenge. People often judge your character based on your record during job interviews. Someone who sees this type of charge may think you are not a team player or someone who they can trust or to do the right thing when it means you could be in trouble. There is a possibility that you can get the charge expunged from your record, but the best thing to do is keep your record clean to avoid negative consequences.

It is important to make sure you hire good legal counsel to represent you and to make sure that your rights are protected. Citizens of the United States are to be considered innocent until proven guilty, which is why a defense attorney places so much emphasis on making sure your rights are protected. Your lawyer will also work closely with you to develop a defense that could get the charges lowered in exchange for some type of plea agreement.