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Fleeing the Scene of an Accident in Arizona

Fleeing the Scene of an Accident may Result in a Class 2 Felony and the Need for an Experienced Arizona Defense Attorney

Jeremy Johnson will be seeking the advice of his Arizona defense attorney because he is facing felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident on July 29th 2010.  The accident occurred when Mr. Johnson lost control of his Cadillac and collided with five pedestrians on the north side of Bell Road west of the Arizona fifty-one.  The collision killed thirty-five-year-old, mother of two, Hermida Lester.   Mr. Johnson and his friends fled the scene of the accident.  The passengers of his vehicle later surrendered themselves to Phoenix police, and Mr. Johnson was arrested hours later at his girlfriend’s house.   That evening, Mr. Johnson was given a series of tests, and it was determined that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  According to Mr. Johnson’s Arizona defense attorney, Mr. Johnson fled from the accident out of mere panic.

According to Arizona law, A.R.S. § 28-661, a person involved in an automobile accident that involves injury or death who knowingly fails to stop and give reasonable assistance can be charged with a felony.  A person leaving an accident that involves something less than serious injury or death can be charged with a class 5 felony and sentenced to up to 2.5 years in prison.  A person fleeing the scene of an accident that resulted in serious injury or death can be charged with a class 3 felony and sentenced to up to 8.75 years in prison.  And, if the person fleeing the accident is also the person who caused the accident, that person can be charged with a class 2 felony and sentenced to up to 12.5 years in prison.

If you are involved in an automobile accident, remain on the scene and contact a Phoenix Arizona lawyer as soon as possible.  A Phoenix criminal defense lawyer will make certain that your rights are protected.  And, a Phoenix Arizona lawyer will zealously advocate your case.