• Raleigh Defense Attorney | Hit And Run
  • August 14, 2013 | Author: Malcolm M. Matheson
  • Law Firm: Matheson Law Office, PLLC - Raleigh Office
  • In light of the Raleigh’s top story today where an Apex man was killed, supposedly, by hit and run, I wish to cover the details of this offense and offer an insight into this very dangerous offense.  We, as citizens of North Carolina, should know that we have a duty to stop in the event of an accident or collision; furnishing information or assistance to the injured person; persons assisting exempt from civil liability.  Yet, we have uncovered in today’s headlines that someone resisted this duty and committed a very serious offense punishable, if convicted, as a class H felony.  Any attorney operating as a Criminal Attorney Apex should know that a person guilty of a Hit And Run drives a vehicle involved in an accident or collision causing injury or death to any person, and the person willfully fails to immediately stop at the scene of the accident or collision or fails to remain with the vehicle at the scene until a law enforcement officer completes the investigation of the accident or collision or authorizes the person to leave ad the vehicle to be removed or agrees to the removal of the vehicle before the completion of the investigation of the accident by a law enforcement officer or before receiving consent by the officer. 

    So why did they run?  Well, most attorneys feel that due to the seriousness of the accident resulting in a severe amount of damage most people feel that the consequences of their actions would be to difficult to handle.  So instead of doing what is right and just as an American citizen, they save themselves from the punishment and leave the scene with the person left in injury of some sort.  Because you see, according to case law and my knowledge as a DWI Attorney Raleigh , The driver involved in the accident must be able to render medical assistance as well as any other type of reasonable assistance.  That duty includes calling for medical assistance if it is apparent that such aid is necessary or if the injured party requests it.

    The severity of this offense could be catastrophic.  If, after the police investigation, the person who commits the hit and run was found impaired by an impairing substance he or she could be facing manslaughter, homicide charges, or assault with a deadly weapon depending on the circumstances.  For these reasons stated, if you or anyone you know is facing charges of this magnitude it is very important that you contact a local Raleigh DWI Attorney here at the Matheson Law Office, Plc. 

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