Dallas Hit and Run Case Investigated
Dallas residents may have watched WFAA new story on a luxury car found abandoned on the North Dallas Toll road Saturday night. The reporter ask “Why would someone abandon an expensive sports car on the side of the road?” The answer is simple. They had probably been drinking and did not want to speak to the police.
Police officers often find cars abandoned after the hit light poles or other objects. They tow the car to the auto pound and try to find the driver. If the person driving the car hit another car and then flees the scene then things can get more serious. Under Texas law there are laws that deal with hit and run drivers.
If a person leaves the scene of an accident involving a death or serious bodily injury then the person could be charge with a third degree felony which carries a penalty range from 2 to 10 years in prison. If the person has never been convicted of a felony before they are also eligible to receive probation.
If the person leaves the scene and of an accident that involves an unoccupied vehicle the charge is a Class B misdemeanour if the damage is more than $200. Class B misdemeanour carry up to six months in the county jail and if the person hasn’t been convicted of a felony they are eligible for probation.
There are many defenses to Texas hit and run charges. The police must link you to the car and then accident. There could be identity questions with witnesses. If you find yourself in this situation you should contact an experienced Dallas hit and run attorney who can guide you through the criminal justice system.