Car accidents are a scary experience. Some drivers can’t help but be shocked at the turn of events and their first instinct is to flee the scene. Doing so is against the proper protocol of dealing with a car accident. After a crash or collision, all the parties involved are required to remain at the scene, exchange insurance information, wait for medical attention, and give police testimonies.
In North Carolina, leaving an accident scene is equivalent to a Class 1 misdemeanor charge, where the guilty parties are subject to fines and jail time of up to 120 days when convicted. All misdemeanor cases are first heard in the district court. At this point, those charged with misdemeanor can plead guilty and negotiate a plea agreement, or they can plead not guilty and request a trial.
If they go with the second option, it is critical to enlist the services of a qualified criminal attorney to defend them. Criminal lawyers formulate defense strategies to help their clients avoid a conviction, or to have the penalties reduced. One strategy they may use is to prove the clients were completely unaware someone was hurt in the accident.
The pieces of evidence that can be used for this defense are pictures of the cars showing no visible damage. It’s not unusual for some people to assume an accident didn’t lead to serious injury if the cars involved didn’t appear to be severely damaged in any way.