A woman has been charged in connection with a hit and run of a bicyclist on August 16. An anonymous tip led authorities to arrest this woman on two counts of felony hit and run charges because she did not immediately provide aid and then did not remain at the scene after the accident. She could face additional felony charges including tampering with evidence as police continue the investigation. The bicyclist suffered serious injuries to his spleen, shoulder, and other parts of his body. The driver will need a Portland criminal defense attorney to defend against these serious charges.
Portland Criminal Defense Attorney on Hit and Run Crashes
Portland takes the crime of hit and run very seriously and if you find yourself charged with this crime, it is best to speak to a Portland criminal defense attorney right away. If there is just property damage, you could be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor and have your license suspended for 90 days. For a hit and run that causes an injury could result in a Class C Felony with a license suspension for one year. Hit and run is especially serious if alcohol is involved.
For the state to prove its case, it needs to prove that a driver knowingly left the crash in spite of the property damage or injury. If the driver was unaware that there had been an accident, the charges against the driver can be greatly reduced or even dropped. A Portland criminal defense attorney can examine your case and determine if it is possible that his client simply did not realize an accident had occurred.
At Corbridge & Kroll, LLC, we’ll take the time to sit down and discuss your case with you. We will listen with compassion and then fight aggressively for your freedom. This way, if you’ve been charged with a hit and run, you might be able to keep your license and keep your freedom.