Is It Worse For a Drunk Driver To Leave the Scene of a DUI Accident?

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First off, those of us at The Law Offices of George Heym can’t stress enough that, under no circumstances, should you or anyone else drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Nevertheless, it is an unfortunate reality that there will always be people who make that mistake. Some of these mistakes may lead to accidents of one sort or another. Someone in that position might be tempted to flee, but we would be remiss if we did not inform you that flight would only compound your legal woes. For more information on leaving the scene of an accident during a DUI, please read on, then contact an experienced Allegheny County DUI lawyer today.

What happens if you leave the scene of an accident caused by a DUI?

Courts in the Keystone State address a fair number of cases annually in which a driver is alleged to be under the influence and also is charged with leaving the scene of an accident. You should be advised that leaving the scene of an accident when intoxicated can have significant consequences, far beyond the usual penalties sustained for this or related offenses alone, especially if the intoxicated driver allegedly injured another individual. This is because, in addition to DUI or DWI, you may be charged with any or all of the following:

  • Hit-and-run
  • Reckless driving
  • Vehicular homicide

Though all DUI convictions are significant – in terms of your reputation, employment prospects, eligibility for government benefits, et cetera – convictions for the above-listed offenses could lead to lengthy prison sentences on top of the substantial fines and restrictions/revocation/suspension of your driver’s license.

Under no circumstances should you leave the scene of an accident, even if you have been driving under influence.

What should you do instead of leaving a DUI accident scene?

This may be counterintuitive, but your first call should be to the police. Even if the accident appears to be minor, it is extremely important to call the police immediately in order to file a report. Then, wait for the police to arrive at the scene. While waiting for the arrival of the police, you should make a call to George A. Heym, Esq. who will vigorously defend your rights and fight for your future. If you get in an accident while driving drunk, you will face some difficult days ahead. Even so, remaining on the scene and taking your share of the responsibility will serve you well in the coming court process, because there were probably witnesses you were not even aware of. Of course, you can’t go it alone, so please do not hesitate to give us a call today.

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The Law Office of George Heym focuses exclusively on DUI defense. George Heym is a former Allegheny County DUI prosecutor with an understanding of both sides of a DUI case, notable litigation experience, and relationships with local courts. Contact our firm to fight for your rights.

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