Anyone who’s been involved in a car accident knows how terrifying they can be, especially if you were responsible for hitting a pedestrian or other vehicle. Even if you’re concerned about possible financial or even criminal liability, you can make a situation go from bad to worse if you fail to stop your car after getting into an accident. In Tahlequah, Oklahoma hit and run could be constituted as a serious crime.
Thus, if you’ve been charged with a crime, contact a Tahlequah attorney for more information on your case.
Oklahoma Hit And Run Penalties
Penalties under Oklahoma hit and run laws vary, depending on the severity of the accident you were involved in.
For example, if your accident did not cause a death, you could be convicted of a felony in Tahlequah. The penalty is between 10 days and 2 years in jail. You may also face fines ranging from $50 to $1,000 in fines under these circumstances. Okla. Stat. tit. 47 § 10-102
If a death did occur, a hit and run may result in a felony conviction and between 1 and 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Your license will be revoked upon conviction in either situation.
Defending A Failure To Stop Charge
A prosecutor can only secure a guilty charge if she can prove that the defendant acted willfully, maliciously, or feloniously failing to stop to avoid detection or prosecution or to comply with said requirements under such circumstances.
It is therefore a defense that a defendant’s failure to stop was not willful, malicious, or felonious.
An attorney can assist with developing the best defense against an alleged violation of Oklahoma hit and run laws, however.
Free Consultation: Tahlequah, Oklahoma Hit And Run Lawyer
A charge under Oklahoma hit and run laws can change your life for the worse.
If you or someone you know is faced with this charge, please contact a Tahlequah criminal defense attorney to discuss your available legal options. Call Wirth Law Office – Tahlequah at 918-458-2677 or toll free at 1-888-447-7262.
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