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In the State of Ohio, Stopping After an Accident is a serious charge with the possibility of many far-reaching ramifications. In the State of Ohio it is usually a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $1000 fine. A judge is also able to order restitution to be paid to the other driver or owner of property, and a license suspension is possible as well. A simple traffic accident can turn into a criminal case if the proper precautions are not taken. An attorney will be able to guide you through the possible ramifications that come with this charge.
What is Failure to Stop After an Accident?
The Ohio Revised Code prohibits Stopping After an Accident in R.C. 4549.02 as follows:
“In the case of a motor vehicle accident or collision with persons or property on a public road or highway, the operator of the motor vehicle, having knowledge of the accident or collision, immediately shall stop the operator's motor vehicle at the scene of the accident or collision. The operator shall remain at the scene of the accident or collision until the operator has given the operator's name and address and, if the operator is not the owner, the name and address of the owner of that motor vehicle, together with the registered number of that motor vehicle, to all of the following:
(a) Any person injured in the accident or collision;
(b) The operator, occupant, owner, or attendant of any motor vehicle damaged in the accident or collision;
(c) The police officer at the scene of the accident or collision.”
Ohio law requires anyone who realizes that an accident has taken place to remain at the scene and exchange information to any person injured, the operator or owner of the other motor vehicle, and a police officer who is at the scene of the accident. Whether you are at fault or not, if you are aware that an accident has taken place you need to stop and exchange information.
What can you do?
Call now at 419-242-8214 for a free consultation. Stopping After an Accident is a serious charge that requires serious representation. If you, or someone you care about, has been charged with an offense of Stopping After an Accident in Toledo or the surrounding area including Oregon, Maumee, Sylvania, Bowling Green, or Perrysburg, contact an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer, Brian C. Morrissey, Attorney at Law. He will fight to obtain a favorable outcome while protecting your rights. Steps should be taken as soon as possible to address these charges. Contact Brian C. Morrissey, Attorney at Law, right away at 419-242-8214 to set up a free consultation.