Portland Hit and Run Attorneys
The Portland hit and run accident lawyers at Castleberry & Elison, P.C., understand that in minor traffic accidents, it is common for those involved to avoid any form of physical injury. However, many automobile accidents do involve some form of harm occurring to at least some of those involved. In these situations, the driver who caused injury to others is legally obligated to stop their vehicle and make sure that the injury isn’t serious, among other things. Failure to do so can result in criminal charges against the driver who left the scene of the accident.
If you or someone you know has been accused of committing a hit and run, it is important to have effective legal representation in order to ensure that your legal rights and options are upheld fully. Contact the Portland hit and run lawyers of Castleberry & Elison, P.C., today at 503-223-0011 to speak with a knowledgeable legal professional about the details of your case and begin formulating your defense.
Hit and Run Penalties
Formally, the crime of committing a hit and run is known under Oregon law as failure to perform duties of driver to injured persons. In order to avoid being charged with this crime, it is not only necessary to stop at the scene of an accident, but also to remain there until police and/or medical personnel arrive and to provide an injured individual with license and insurance information as necessary. Failure to do any of these things can result in penalties such as:
- Up to 5 years in prison
- Up to $125,000 in fines
If the individual injured in a hit and run accident suffers serious physical injury or dies as a result of their injuries, the criminal penalties that an accused individual may face can be even more serious.
If you or someone you know has been charged with committing a hit and run, we can help. Contact the Portland hit and run accident attorneys of Castleberry & Elison, P.C., today at 503-223-0011 to discuss your case with a qualified member of our legal team.