Potential Outcomes of Hit & Run in WA State

Burg & Lantz: WA Hit & Run Defense
Burg & Lantz: WA Hit & Run Defense

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We have helped many people who are in a similar situation to you fight their charges.
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While we cannot guarantee how your it and run case will be  resolved, we can advise you about what we have seen in our other hit and run cases and what potential outcomes may be  reasonable for you.  Most hit and run charges are resolved prior to trial. 

Please note, this section does not cover felony hit and run charges, each of them is very individualized and cannot be generalized.  

Here are some of the ways that hit and run charges are resolved.

Dismissal by Prosecutor:

This is sometimes a possibility for hit and run cases.  We have  found that when these cases are dismissed, prior to them being  dismissed the prosecutor may require a restitution, community service, and if they believe alcohol was involved, a DUI victims panel, an alcohol evaluation and follow-up treatment.  Sometimes prosecutors will offer what  is called a "stipulated order of continuance" or "pre-trial" diversion  whereby your case is continued for a period of time (1-2 years) and then  dismissed.  Common conditions of these can be no new criminal law violations, pay a fine (usually under $500) and community service, and again, if alcohol or drugs is suspected, an alcohol evaluation and follow-up treatment.  This can  be an excellent resolution for most people.

Compromise of Misdemeanor:

In misdemeanor (not felony) hit and run cases, if the victim of the hit and run agrees in writing or by appearing in court that the damages have been paid for and that they have no objection to the case being dismissed, the judge may dismiss the charges.  This can be done even if the prosecutor objects to the dismissal.  This can be an excellent way to resolve hit and run cases.  It is strongly recommended that only an attorney contact the victim.  If a defendant, friend, or family member tries to contact the victim it may be viewed as witness tampering.

Amendment of Charges:

Hit and run attended charges are sometimes resolved by amending them down to hit and run property damage or hit and run unattended.  This is advantageous because decreases the loss of license from one year to no loss of license at all.

Trial:

You always have a right to a judge or jury  trial for a hit and run charge.  If it is a jury trial you will be heard by six members of the community.  They will decided if you are  "guilty" or "not guilty" of  hit and run.  As we said above, most hit and run charges are resolved prior to a jury trial, but we are prepared to go to trial if necessary.  Our philosophy is that if the prosecutor is not  willing to negotiate, then you are typically better going to trial and  seeking a not guilty verdict than pleading guilty.

 

While we cannot guarantee how your reckless driving case will be  resolved, we can advise you about what we have seen in our other  reckless driving and racing cases and what the potential outcomes may be  reasonable for you.  Most reckless driving charges are resolved prior  to trial.  Here are some of the ways that they are resolved.

Dismissal: This is sometimes a possibility.  We have  found that when these cases are dismissed, prior to them being  dismissed the prosecutor may require a defense driving class.  This is  typically a one to two day class.  Sometimes prosecutors will offer what  is called a "stipulated order of continuance" or "pre-trial" diversion  whereby your case is continued for a period of time (1-2 years) and then  dismissed if there have been no new criminal law violations, a fine is  paid (usually under $500) and other minimum standards are met.  This can  be an excellent resolution for most people.

Amendment To Infraction: In some cases where the  prosecutor is not willing to outright dismiss a case, they will agree to  amend the case to a civil traffic infraction.  These infractions are  not-criminal, so they keep your criminal record clean.  The most common  infraction that they are amended to is negligent driving in the second  degree.

Trial: You always have a right to a judge or jury  trial for a reckless driving charge.  If it is a jury trial you will be  heard by six members of the community.  They will decided if you are  "guilty" or "not guilty" of reckless driving.  As we said above, most  reckless driving charges are resolved prior to a jury trial, but we have  gone to jury trials in these matters and are prepared to do to so again  in the future.   Our philosophy is that if the prosecutor is not  willing to negotiate, then you are typically better going to trial and  seeking a not guilty verdict than pleading guilty.

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