Facing criminal charges for assaulting someone with a vehicle?
These type of criminal offenses are often referred to as “Hit and Run” cases, but are formally referred to as FSGI, Failure to Stop and Give Information, and FSRA, Failure to Stop and Render Aid.
Hit and Run cases are normally accidental cases in which the driver of the automobile wasn’t aware of an assault/accident occurring in the first place, much less an act of criminal intent.
In other cases, hit and runs are intentional, resulting in serious aggravated assault charges being filed, but in most cases, these are accidental cases and aren’t as harshly prosecuted as malicious vehicular assault cases are.
Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident
3RD DEGREE FELONY
A person who does not stop after an auto accident, in which death or injury resulted, will face prosecution for a 3rd degree felony which carries a maximum fine of 10,000.00 and prison sentencing guidelines that range from 2 to 10 years.
CLASS C MISDEMEANOR
If a person doesn’t stop after an automobile accident in which they caused under 200.00 in property damage may be charged with a Class C Misdemeanor. Class C Misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to 500.00.
CLASS B MISDEMEANOR
If a person doesn’t stop after an automobile accident in which they caused over 200.00 in property damage, they may be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor. Class B Misdemeanor offenses are punishable by a fine of up to 2,000.00 with a potential jail sentence of up to 180 days.
If you need help, and you will if you’ve been criminally charged in Houston for a crime like this, contact attorney Christian Capitaine for immediate help in your battle with the State of Texas.
Your Responsibilities During After an Accident
If you’re involved in any form of auto accident in Texas, you must stop and give your name, your address, the name of your insurance company, the VIN of your vehicle, your drivers license, and health care if a party is injured or they request medical attention.
This is the law. Failure to comply with the law may result in criminal charges being filed against you by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Charged with Hit & Run? Call Christian
Make a quick phone call to 832-618-7831 or send us a message using the contact form to make contact with attorney Christian Capitaine if you need help.
Hit & Run cases are serious and can be even more so if you have priors, extra circumstances, or if the incident was a result of DWI. The Capitaine Law Firm offers affordable rates, an aggressive legal defense, and over 15 years of legal experience to our clients.
We’re here to help.