Charge: Hit Skip, First Degree Misdemeanor (maximum 180 days in jail and $1,000 fine).
Facts: Client was driving his vehicle on a four lane road in Columbus at approximately 9:00 p.m. when he crashed into the back of a car. The client hit the car so hard that it was pushed forward into two other vehicles. Client’s airbag went off and, as a result, he suffered injuries. Client left the accident scene and walked to a nearby drug store in an effort to obtain items to treat his injuries. Client’s passenger remained at the scene to provide information to police and the drivers of the other vehicles involved in the accident. When Client returned to the accident scene the police and all other drivers were gone. Client was charged with Hit Skip because he left the accident scene.
Result: At the pretrial hearing I was able to negotiate a reduced charge of Reckless Operation. Client received only a fine. Client’s driver’s license was not suspended and he was not placed on probation.