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Questions about Hit and Run Investigations

What is hit and run?

Hit and run can be looked as an individual who has been involved in a traffic accident with another individual and they have not abided by the legal rules by stopping and providing their insurance information and reporting the accident to their local law enforcement officers. A hit and run accident is considered a serious crime in many states within the United States. When being charged with a hit and run accidents there are many legal consequences that an individual can face. When leaving the scene of an accident the law enforcement will perform a hit and run investigation to track down the individual who ran from the accident.

In the state of California if a vehicle was part of a hit and run investigation how long will the company hold the car for a misdemeanor or what can this individual do in order to get their vehicle released?

In some cases companies like these can hold an individual’s vehicle for many months. What this individual can do is contact a lawyer and see if the lawyer can have the vehicle released, if the lawyer is unable to get the vehicle released then the individual will need to file a lawsuit and request that the court require the company to release the individual’s vehicle.

In the state of Ohio what can be done if an individual is being accused of a hit and run investigation where they were not involved and there is no damage to their vehicle that they are being accused of driving when being involved in the hit and run?

In this case if the individual has already contacted the local police department then there has already been a police report filed. The individual who is being accused of the hit and run accident will need to go to the police station and request a copy of the police report. After this is done, it may be wise for the individual to contact the police officer who was on duty and who took the report from the other individual. When doing all of this, the individual who is involved in the hit and run investigation will need to have their vehicle at the police station with them, and if possible have pictures from the other individuals car. With this type of information, the individual should be able to show that their vehicle is not the vehicle who was involved in the hit and run accident.

In the state of Virginia what is the penalties for a 17 year old who was involved in a hit and run accident?

A 17 year old will not be charged any differently than a 21 year old. The penalties will all depend on the situation and the damage that was caused. Any individual who is being charged with a hit and run accident will be faced with a Class 5 felony if the accident involved injury or death to another individual. In the case the accident had more than $1000 in damage to property or a Class 1 misdemeanor if the accident had damage of less than $1000 in property. If there was no injury or death the individual will not be looking at jail time, possibly just a fine and probation.

In the state of Washington, if an individual’s vehicle was hit on purpose, and the individual had verbally agreed to pay for the damage and only provided a phone number, what can this individual do when the individual at fault is refusing to take any phone calls in order to take care of the damage?

In this case, before this individual can pursue anymore in order to get the damages taken care of for the verbal agreement, the individual will need to contact these individuals. This person may need to contact a skip tracer in order to track these individuals down by using the phone number that was provided. Although, if this is done the phone company will not give out this information without a court order, and for this to be done, the individual will need to file a lawsuit. Another option that is available for this individual would be to report the accident to their local police department for a possible hit and run investigation since the at fault individual has left the scene of the accident without providing the proper information, including insurance information, full name and correct contact information. Once this is done, often times the police department will be able to locate these individuals, and then provide the information to the individual so they can sue them.

When involved in a hit and run accident, many individuals are shaken up and are unsure of what steps need to be taken. Many questions can arise, such as whom do they contact? What is the process of a hit and run investigation? These and other legal questions can cause stress and in many cases the person may not receive what is legally owed to them. Experts can provide legal answers to those who are dealing with a hit and run investigation by evaluating your case particulars and sharing legal insight.

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