When a Car Accident Becomes a Criminal Offense
After getting into a car accident, one of the things you may be slapped with is a traffic ticket. It could for something simple, such as speeding. But there are some times that can a car accident is the result of a criminal offense.
For instance, look at the case of the Tracy Morgan crash that occurred last summer. The truck driver involved in the case is being charged with one count of death by auto as well as four counts of assault by auto in the accident that took the life of comedian James McNair. Although you may not facing these serious charges, if you are found at fault for a car accident, you may be facing some serious criminal charges, especially if the following is true:
- Hit and Run – Even if the accident is a simple fender bender, by law you are required to stop and exchange information with the other driver, even if you were the one who was hit. If you fail to stop, you will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident (also known as a failure to stop or hit and run). This penalty carries serious punishments in New Jersey, such as being fined up to $400 and receiving jail time.
- Reckless Driving -This is the most common criminal offense. This happens whenever someone is accused of driving in a way that puts other people at risk. The higher the speed you were going, the stiffer the punishment will be against you.
- DUI/DWI – We all know how serious driving while under the influence can be in the eyes of the law. If you get into an accident, you can be facing some serious penalties, including jail time, fines, a suspended license, and an ignition interlock device placed on your vehicle.
If you get into a car accident and are now facing criminal charges, you’re going to need a criminal defense attorney ASAP. The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone is here to help guide you through this trying time. Don’t delay much longer, contact us today for a free consultation.