You were out drinking with friends and you made the poor decision to get behind the wheel of your vehicle and drive. When doing so, you made a bad turn and ended up slamming into the side of another person’s vehicle. Many people will stay at the scene until police show up, which will definitely lead to drunk driving charges. However, many other people try to flee the scene, believing that they can’t be caught after one of these accidents occurs at their own hands.

What many people don’t know is that, in doing so, they could be facing felony charges that will follow them through life. You could face charges of vehicular manslaughter if you fled the scene and somebody has lost their life, and the judge could even attempt to enhance your crime if you are convicted of leaving. You want to avoid hit-and-run charges at all costs since your case is stacked against you. California law says that you absolutely must stop and exchange your name, address, and insurance information with another driver when somebody has been injured in an accident, much less any accident that occurs.

Defending Yourself

Police will use whatever it takes to find a driver who fled the scene, which could be used against you later on. They might take a look at paint scratches, tire marks, word of witnesses, and so much more to piece together evidence that can later be used. Then, an investigation will take place to determine if you were driving drunk at the time and if you knowingly fled from the accident.

As with any DUI case, all hope is not lost. You should turn to the advice of a specialized attorney who can handle your DUI case and has experience in doing so. You want to do what it takes to avoid jail time, large fines, and license suspension. Call us today at the Law Office of Peter Blair to find out how we can help in your time of need. We are here for you.