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Under Texas Law, it is a serious crime to leave the scene of an accident. If you are a driver and you are involved in an accident that results in property damage or injury, you have a legal obligation to stop at the scene and render assistance to injured parties and provide contact, driver and insurance information to the other driver or drivers, or to the owner of the property that was damaged. Even if the accident was not your fault, you have the duty to stop as soon as safely possible and take these actions. If you don’t, you’re at risk of facing hit and run charges.
If you are charged with a hit and run In San Antonio, Texas, it can be either a felony or a misdemeanor — depending upon the consequences of the accident. If a person is convicted of a hit and run causing serious injury or death, he or she may face prison time. Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a small amount of property damage alone is a misdemeanor.
If you have been accused of hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident you have the right to seek legal counsel. San Antonio criminal attorney Tylden Shaeffer offers a free initial consultation to discuss your particular charges and determine how he can assist you. As a lawyer Board-Certified in criminal law and a former prosecutor, Mr. Shaeffer can evaluate your case and give you an assessment of your charges.