Georgia Law Calls for Serious Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers
Every state in the nation, including Georgia, has laws on the books that mandate drivers to remain at the scene of an auto accident until they can exchange information with other parties involved — or until law enforcement officers or emergency responders arrive. Any driver involved in a crash who leaves the scene may be charged with a hit-and-run offense.
In addition to stopping at the site, all drivers must provide their legal name, address and their vehicle’s registration number. They also must provide their driver’s license or driver ID number if it is requested of them.
Those who leave an accident scene in violation of state law may face misdemeanor charges that could result in fines of up to $1,000 and a possible 12-month jail sentence. They may also have their driving privileges suspended for six months to a year. A second hit-and-run conviction within five years comes with even tougher penalties, including larger fines and a greater likelihood that a judge will sentence the defendant to jail or prison time.
If the accident in question resulted in serious injuries or death, leaving the scene could lead to felony charges. A conviction would come with much more severe penalties, including imprisonment for one to five years, large fines and a possible indefinite license suspension.
It’s important for all drivers to understand the potential penalties of hit-and-run charges and to remain at the scene. However, it’s also possible that motorists may be unaware that an accident took place and continue driving simply because they do not realize something happened.
If you’ve been charged with a hit-and-run crime in Georgia, be sure to consult skilled legal counsel as soon as possible. Call the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash at 770.422.0878 or contact us online today.