Leaving the Scene (Hit and Run) Charges in Las Vegas
The open road is not predictable and safe in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is especially true if drivers have to contend with unpredictable drivers, unfavorable weather conditions, and extreme traffic conditions. With all of these factors, it is no surprise there are thousands of accidents occurring every year.
However, if you are involved in an accident and leave the scene without exchanging the proper information with the other parties involved, then you can be charged with the crime of leaving the scene of an accident in Las Vegas.
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident and you are not sure what to do, call Joel Mann to help you get through this very stressful time. Joel Mann will help you determine what the best course of action would be in your case. From dealing with the authorities wanting to talk to you to advising you how to deal with getting your car back. Having an experienced hit and run attorney deal with the reality of your situation will be extremely helpful in reducing the impact this charge will have on your life.
Las Vegas Hit and Run Defense Attorney
At the Law Office of Joel M. Mann, attorney Joel Mann is committed to helping you with your hit and run situation. Sometimes people panic in these situations and don’t think through the consequences of their actions. By leaving the scene of an accident, or hit and run, a person could be demonstrating their guilt to the initial accident and adding more criminal charges. Joel Mann can help you navigate your case so that a hit and run accusation does not ruin your life.
Hit and Run Laws in Nevada
Nevada has a few laws that specifically target hit and run situations. Below are the laws for your reference:
NRS 484E.020 – Duty to stop at scene of accident involving death or personal injury.
- The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident on a highway or on premises to which the public has access resulting in bodily injury or death to a person shall immediately stop his vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close as possible to the scene of the accident and shall remain on the scene until the individual fulfills the requirements laid out in NRS 484E.030
NRS 484E.030 – Duty to give information and render aid.
The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death or any person or damage to any vehicle or other property that is driven or attended by any person shall give the following information to the driver or occupants of the other motor vehicles and the police:
- Registration number of the vehicle involved in the accident
- License information
In addition to providing information, the person must also render reasonable aid to any person injured in the accident including carrying the person to:
- A physician;
- A surgeon; or
- A hospital for medical or surgical treatment
NRS 484E.040 – Duty upon damaging unattended vehicle or other property
The driver of any vehicle which collides with or is involved in an accident with any vehicle or other property, which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property, shall immediately stop and shall then and there locate and notify the operator or owner of the vehicle of property or if the owners cannot be located, the driver must leave a written notice in a secure, conspicuous place giving the address of the driver and of the owner of the vehicle causing the damage.
NRS 484E.050 – Immediate notice to police officer of accident involving unattended vehicle or other property.
The driver of a vehicle which collides with or is involved in an accident with any vehicle or other property, which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property, shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice of such accident to the nearest office of a police authority or to the Nevada Highway Patrol. Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving an immediate notice of an accident as required in the section, and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident capable of doing so, such occupant shall make or cause the notice to be given to the proper authorities.
It is also necessary to report the accident if injuries were involved but it doesn’t matter whether or not the other person is at fault or no one was injured. According to the laws of Nevada, a driver must stop and exchange information with the other party. Failure to do this may result in fines, license suspension, and even possible jail time. A hit and run is a serious criminal charge. Even if no one was hurt, a person could still face jail time. If you are being charged with a hit and run in the state of Nevada, it is imperative that you get legal counseling from a Nevada criminal lawyer with experience in this area of law.
Penalties for a Hit and Run Offense
In most cases, a hit and run charge is usually considered to be a misdemeanor if there were minimal property damage and no physical injuries. But even as a misdemeanor, a person can face several months in jail and may have to pay fines.
In the event that there was serious bodily injury, the hit and run will be considered as a felony. As a felony, penalties may include but not limited to several years in prison, huge fines, loss of license, and points on your license.
Do not gamble with your freedom. At the Law Office of Joel M. Mann, we’re able to aggressively defend you for leaving the scene of an accident or other traffic-related criminal offenses. Contact us to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss the facts of your case.
Contact the Law Office of Joel M. Mann to Understand your Legal Options
There are many reasonable reasons why a person who leave the scene of an accident without stopping to give information to the other party. Perhaps there was no personal injury or property damage that resulted from the accident. Maybe the person had no knowledge that an accident took place. It is even possible that the driver was scared and panicked. Whatever the reason is, our Las Vegas traffic crimes lawyer knows how to defend even the toughest cases. Call the Law Office of Joel M. Mann at (702) 474-6266 for more information on how we can help you with your case. We will do whatever is necessary to get the case resolved for the client.