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Defense of Minnesota Hit and Run / Leaving the Scene of an Accident Charges

Minnesota law does not criminalize basic driver negligence / carelessness that results in a car accident. However, once an accident occurs — involving either property damage or personal injury — there are certain things that the drivers of all vehicles involved in the accident have to do. If you don't do these things,  you can be charged with hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.

Hit and run or leaving the scene of the accident are criminal charges with serious consequences. It is important that you do what you can to defend your actions or get the charge or sentence reduced. Minneapolis-area criminal defense attorney David Balmer offers a free, confidential case evaluation to advise you of your rights and possible defenses. The Balmer Law Office is available via its 24-hour hotline: 612-326-4175.

Based in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis, the firm practices in Hennepin County and throughout Minnesota.

Minnesota Hit and Run Law

Felony and Gross Misdemeanor Offenses

Regardless of fault, if you leave the scene of an accident where someone is injured, you may be charged with a gross misdemeanor or felony — depending upon the severity of the injury. If someone dies as a result of the accident, you could be facing a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Misdemeanor Offenses

When the accident results in only property damage and the driver fails to stop and provide information to the other party, the driver (or the owner) of the vehicle may be charged with a misdemeanor.

Consequences of a Conviction for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Loss of Driver's License

A conviction for leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury results in the revocation of driving privileges. The period of revocation depends on your driving record.

Loss of Right to Possess a Firearm

A felony-level conviction results in a permanent revocation of your right to possess a firearm.

Loss of Right to Vote

In Minnesota, a felony conviction for leaving the scene of an accident results in the loss of certain civil rights. Convicted felons may not vote or serve on a jury.

Difficulty Getting a Job and Loss of Professional Driver's License

A conviction for leaving the scene of an accident may result in the loss of a professional driver’s license. Additionally, a conviction will obviously make it more difficult to obtain employment.

Contact the Balmer Law Office — Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has been arrested, charged, or questioned about leaving the scene of an accident in Minnesota, contact the Balmer Law Office for a free, confidential case evaluation. The Balmer Law Office is available via its 24-hour hotline: 612-326-4175.

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