Hit and Run in Charlotte, North Carolina

Hit and Run crimes in North Carolina are governed by N.C.G.S. 20-166.
The consequences of a hit and run charge depend on the seriousness of the accident.

Duty to Stop

You are required to stop after being involved in any accident. When you stop, you are required to provide the other driver reasonable assistance if they are injured and provide your information (your name, phone number, and insurance company) to any other driver of another car involved in the accident.

Misdemeanor Hit and Run

If you fail to fulfill your duty to stop and the accident only results in property damage and/or minor injury, it is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. A Class 1 Misdemeanor carries a potential sentence of up to 120 days in jail as well as fines. A criminal defense lawyer can help you mitigate this charge, and even help you avoid jail time completely.

Felony Hit and Run

If you fail to fulfill your duty to stop and the accident results in death or a serious injury, it is a Class H Felony. A Class H felony carries a potential sentence of up to 8 months in jail as a first-time offender, but this sentence can be increased substantially depending on the circumstances of your case or if you have prior convictions. If you have been charged with a hit and run in North Carolina, it is in your best interest to hire a criminal defense lawyer right away.