Hit & Run

Why Do You Need A Racine Hit and Run Attorney?

Hit and run accidents are a serious offense in Wisconsin and if you are involved in a car accident and fail to stop, then you may be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, commonly referred to as a “Hit and Run”. Even if you are not at fault for the accident, Wisconsin law requires that you stop, exchange basic contact information, and tend to anyone who is injured. Some drivers believe that if no one is injured or if the property damage appears to be minimal, it is not necessary to stop. On the contrary, the law requires that if you are involved in an accident, you must stop, even if you hit an unattended vehicle.

If you were involved in an accident and left the scene of the accident, you need to speak with an attorney who is experienced in Wisconsin Traffic Violations. If you were charged with a hit and run violation, the staff at Cafferty & Scheidegger, S.C., will listen to the facts of your case and aggressively defend you against the charges.

What To Do In A Car Accident

If you are in a car accident, Section 346.67 of the Wisconsin statutes requires that you stop and do several things, including:

  • Give your name, address, and registration number to the other driver
  • If the other driver asks, show your driver’s license to the other driver
  • If the other driver or passenger is injured, provide assistance or call 9-1-1

If you strike an unattended vehicle, you are required to make an attempt to locate the car’s owner or leave a note.

Consequences of a Hit and Run Conviction

Leaving the scene of an auto accident is more than a minor traffic violation. You could be charged with a felony and could potentially face jail time. The penalty for a hit and run conviction depends on the extent of injury or property damage.

  • If you leave the scene of an accident where there were no injuries, you could be charged with a misdemeanor. The possible sentence is up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
  • If you leave the scene of an accident where there were minor injuries, you could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. The possible sentence is up to 9 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • If you leave the scene of an accident where there were serious injuries, you could be charged with a Class E felony. The possible sentence is up to 15 months in jail and a fine of up to $50,000.
  • If you leave the scene of an accident where there was a fatality, you will be charged with a Class D felony. The possible sentence is up to 25 years in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.

Don’t Wait to Be Prosecuted, Contact Us First

If you have been accused of hit and run, there are numerous potential consequences that you could be facing. Thus, it is critical that you have experienced representation who understands the details of the law related to hit and run accidents.

Contact an Experienced Racine Hit and Run Attorney

Racine hit and run lawyer Patrick Cafferty defends the rights of drivers charged with state driving offenses throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. At Cafferty & Scheidegger, S.C., we have years of experience successfully defending clients in Wisconsin traffic courts. Contact the firm to arrange initial consultation with an experienced Racine criminal defense lawyer right away.

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From our offices in Racine Wisconsin, the criminal defense lawyers at Cafferty & Scheidegger defend the rights of people charged with state and federal criminal offenses throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Racine federal criminal defense attorney right away. For urgent matters, you are welcome to text us 24 hours a day at ‪(262) 833-7670‬.

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The attorneys at Cafferty & Scheidegger have excellent knowledge of the state and federal court system throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. They are aggressive trial lawyers that are recognized for integrity and hard work. Our law firm’s strength lies in our exceptional pre-trial investigation and case preparation. We come to the prosecutor’s office prepared with the facts and ready to help you get the best possible outcome for your charges. Our priority is always to keep you out of jail and avoid a conviction on your record, whenever possible.

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The dedication of the team at Cafferty & Scheidegger to client service and their record of success has earned them listings as Wisconsin Super Lawyer® from 2008 through 2020. In addition, their reputation for high standards has earned them an AV Distinguished rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Cafferty & Scheidegger is backed by more than 28 years of trial skills and courtroom experience.

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