Leaving the scene of an accident can be a very serious charge. If you are being investigated for leaving the scene of an accident, make sure to hire an experienced Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer immediately. The way that you respond to questions from law enforcement can directly effect the strength of the government's case and their decision about whether or not to charge you for a crime. Defending DUI Homicide cases At the Kelly Law Firm, our attorneys are experienced former government prosecutors who know how the police investigate a crime. If you have been in an accident and have left the scene, contact an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney immediately.
Under Pennsylvania law, the penalties that an individual will be facing for leaving the scene of an accident are directly proportional to the seriousness of the injury inflicted upon the victim. For example, if an individual suffers normal bodily injury as a result of the car accident, then an accused will be facing up to one year in prison. If an individual suffers serious bodily injury as a result of the car accident, then an accused will be facing a mandatory 90 days in prison. And finally, if an individual is killed by an accused as a result of a car accident, then the accused will be facing a mandatory 3 years in state prison.
Pennsylvania law has changed vastly over the past few years. Under Pennsylvania law, an individual who killed someone as a result of an auto accident and left the scene used to be facing only a mandatory one year in state prison. The reason is there was an incentive under the law for drunk drivers to not stop when they killed someone in an accident. Vehicular Homicide while DUI However, this law was changed by then Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania legislature so that an individual convicted of leaving the scene of an accident, when he or she reasonably believes that they killed someone, is now facing a mandatory three years in state prison.