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Hit and Run Lawyer in Renton, Washington

Understanding Hit and Run Charges

Hit and run is a serious criminal offense in Washington State. It occurs when a driver involved in an accident fails to stop and provide necessary information or assistance. There are two main types:

  1. Hit and Run - Attended (RCW 46.52.020)

  2. Hit and Run - Unattended (RCW 46.52.010)

Consequences of Hit and Run Convictions

Legal Penalties

  • Attended Hit and Run:

    • Class C felony if injury or death occurred

    • Up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 fine

  • Unattended Hit and Run:

    • Misdemeanor

    • Up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine

Additional Consequences

  • Criminal record

  • License suspension or revocation

  • Increased insurance rates

  • Employment difficulties

  • Immigration consequences for non-citizens

Why You Need an Experienced Hit and Run Attorney

Hit and run charges can have severe, long-lasting impacts on your life. At Duncan Law PLLC, we can:

  1. Analyze all aspects of your case

  2. Identify potential defenses or mitigating factors

  3. Negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges or penalties

  4. Provide strong representation in court

Our Approach to Hit and Run Defense

1. Thorough Case Evaluation

We carefully examine:

  • Police reports and witness statements

  • Physical evidence and accident reconstruction data

  • Your account of the incident

2. Developing a Strong Defense Strategy

Possible strategies include:

  • Challenging identification evidence

  • Demonstrating lack of knowledge about the accident

  • Exploring constitutional issues with the investigation

3. Skilled Negotiation

We work to:

  • Reduce charges or penalties

  • Explore alternative sentencing options

  • Negotiate for dismissal when possible

4. Aggressive Court Representation

If your case goes to trial, we provide robust courtroom advocacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if I've been involved in a hit and run?

A: Contact an attorney immediately before speaking to law enforcement.

Q: Can hit and run charges be reduced or dismissed?

A: Yes, depending on the circumstances. We'll explore all options for charge reduction or dismissal.

Q: What if I didn't realize I hit something?

A: Lack of knowledge can be a defense. We'll help gather evidence to support this claim if applicable.

Q: How long do I have to report an accident in Washington?

A: Ideally, you should stop immediately. For unattended property damage, you must make a reasonable effort to notify the owner.

Q: Will I lose my license for a hit and run conviction?

A: License suspension is likely, especially for attended hit and run. We'll work to minimize this impact.

Why Choose Duncan Law PLLC for Your Hit and Run Defense?

  • Extensive experience in Washington State criminal and traffic law

  • Proven track record of successful case outcomes

  • Personalized attention to each client's unique situation

  • Aggressive negotiation and litigation skills

  • Commitment to protecting your rights and future

Steps to Take If Charged with Hit and Run

  1. Do not discuss the incident with anyone except your attorney

  2. Preserve any evidence you may have

  3. Contact Duncan Law PLLC immediately for legal guidance

  4. Do not speak to law enforcement without your attorney present

Contact Us for a Consultation

If you're facing hit and run charges, time is of the essence. Contact Duncan Law PLLC today to discuss your case and explore your defense options.

Phone: 206-237-7714 

We're here to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future. Let our experienced team guide you through this challenging situation and work towards the best possible outcome for your case.

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