How to Fight a “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” Ticket

“Leaving the Scene of an Accident” is not the kind of ticket you want on your driving record. An experienced traffic law attorney can get this type of ticket reduced from a 6- or 12-point ticket to a no-point, non-moving violation, such as “Illegal Parking.”

The outcome of your case depends on your driving record, the police report, and your attorney’s skill in negotiating a favorable plea bargain deal with the prosecuting attorney.

What Is the Penalty For “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” in Missouri?

The maximum punishment for a class A misdemeanor “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” (sometimes called “Hit & Run”) charge is 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

“Leaving the Scene of an Accident” can be considered a class D felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine, if the following occurred:

  • Physical injury to another party, or
  • Property damage in excess of $1,000, or
  • The defendant previously pleaded guilty or was convicted of this same offense

The applicable Missouri statute for “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” is RSMo 577.060.

How Many Points Are Added To Your Driving Record For “Leaving the Scene of an Accident”?

The number of points added to your driving record for a “Hit & Run” or “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” conviction in Missouri depends on who issued the ticket:

  • 12 points if a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer issued the ticket
  • 6 points if a municipal or county police officer issued the ticket

Your driver’s license will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points within 12 months.

If your attorney gets your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation, that means no points will be added and your driving record won’t be affected.

How Long Does a Conviction For “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” Stay On Your Driving Record?

A conviction for “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” stays on your driving record forever if the ticket was issued by a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer.

Missouri Can Suspend Your License If You Are Convicted of “Leaving the Scene of an Accident”

The State of Missouri can suspend the licenses of both the driver and the owner of the vehicle if you leave the scene of an accident and your vehicle was not insured at the time of the accident.

In addition, the State of Missouri can suspend your driver’s license if you leave the scene of an accident that you caused and you (or your insurance company) fails to pay for the damage to the other vehicle.

A Conviction For “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” May Affect Your Ability to Get a Hardship License

Your ability to get a hardship license (limited driving privilege) depends on who issued the ticket.

If you plead guilty or are convicted of a “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” ticket that was issued by a municipal or county police officer, you will be eligible for a hardship license.

If you plead guilty or are convicted of a “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” ticket that was issued by a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer, you will not be eligible for a hardship license.


Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 for a free consultation and a price quote for your “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” or “Hit & Run” ticket. Or email Andrea at andrea@leadfootspeedingticket.com

Leaving Scene of an Accident (“Hit & Run”) Ticket

Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers today at (314) 724-5059 if you have received a ticket for “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” or “Hit & Run” in Missouri.

An Attorney Can Get Your “Hit & Run” Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving, No-Point Violation

An experienced traffic law attorney can usually get a “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” or “Hit & Run” ticket reduced from a 6-point or 12-point ticket to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record. The outcome depends on your driving history and the details of your case.

What’s the Maximum Penalty for “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” in Missouri?

The maximum potential penalty is 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine if you plead guilty or are convicted of a misdemeanor charge of “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” (“Hit & Run”) in Missouri.

According to Missouri law RSMO 577.060, if you are charged with a felony “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” or “Hit & Run,” the maximum penalty is 4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine, if the accident resulted in:

  • Physical injury to another person, or
  • Property damage over $1,000, or
  • Defendant has a prior conviction for “Leaving the Scene”

How Many Points on Your Driving Record for a “Hit & Run” Ticket?

If your ticket for “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” or “Hit & Run” was issued by a Missouri state trooper and you pleaded guilty or were convicted in state circuit court:

  • 12 points will be added to your driving record,
  • Your license will be revoked for 1 year, and
  • You will not be eligible for a hardship license (Limited Driving Privilege)

If you pleaded guilty or were convicted of “Leaving the Scene” or “Hit & Run” in municipal  court:

  • 6 points will be added to your driving record, and
  • You will be eligible to apply for a hardship license (Limited Driving Privilege)

License Suspension After “Leaving the Scene” Conviction

The State of Missouri can suspend the drivers licenses of both the driver and the owner of the vehicle if you plead guilty or are convicted of “Leaving the Scene” or “Hit & Run” and the vehicle you were driving was not insured at the time of the accident.

License Suspension if You Don’t Pay for Damages to Other Vehicle

Your license will be suspended if you leave the scene of an accident that you caused and you fail to pay for the damages to the other vehicle.

What to Do if You Are Involved in an Accident in Missouri

If you hit another vehicle, Missouri law requires that you do the following:

    • Call the police immediately to report the accident.
    • Call an ambulance if anyone is injured.
    • Move your car to the side of the road if it’s in a place that might cause other drivers to crash into it.
    • If the accident happens at night, try to warn oncoming traffic by using flares, your car’s hazard lights, or a flashlight.
    • Exchange information with the other driver, including your name, address, vehicle identification, and car insurance information.
    • Don’t leave the scene of the accident until a police officer gives you permission to leave.

For more information about what to do when involved in an accident, consult the Missouri Dept. of Revenue website.


Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 for a free consultation and get a price quote for legal representation for your “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” or “Hit & Run” ticket. Or email Andrea at andrea@leadfootspeedingticket.com

 

Penalties For a “Hit & Run” Ticket in Missouri

Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers today at (314) 724-5059 about your Missouri speeding ticket or other traffic violation.

“Leaving the Scene of an Accident” (“Hit & Run”) is a class A misdemeanor in Missouri, with a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a fine of $1,000.

“Leaving the Scene of an Accident” can be considered a class D felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine, if the accident resulted in:

    • Physical injury to another party, or
    • Property damage in excess of $1,000, or
    • The defendant has previously pleaded guilty or been convicted of a violation of this law.

Missouri’s “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” law is RSMo 577.060.

How Will a “Hit & Run” Ticket Affect Your Driving Record?

If a Missouri state trooper issues a ticket to you for leaving the scene of an accident, 12 points will be added to your driving record, which will cause your license to be revoked for 1 year, and you will not be eligible for a hardship license (limited driving privilege).

If a municipal or county police officer issues a ticket to you for leaving the scene of an accident, 6 points (instead of 12) will be added to your driving record, and your eligibility for a hardship license will not be affected.

Your License Can be Suspended Following a “Hit & Run” Ticket

The State of Missouri can suspend the licenses of both the driver and the owner of the vehicle if you leave the scene of an accident and your vehicle was not insured at the time of the accident.

Your license will also be suspended if you leave the scene of an accident that you caused and you fail to pay for the damage to the other vehicle.

You Can Get Your “Hit & Run” Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving, No-Point Violation

An experienced traffic law attorney can usually get a “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation. The outcome depends on your driving history, the details of your particular case, and the court in which it is being prosecuted.

You will have to provide proof that your insurance company is handling the claim, or that you paid for the damage to the other vehicle. If there was no damage to the other driver’s car, your lawyer will have to obtain an affidavit signed by the other driver stating that there was no damage to the vehicle.

What to Do if You Are Involved in an Accident

As noted previously, leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in Missouri. If you are involved in an accident, you are required by law to do the following:

    • Call the police immediately to report the accident.
    • Call an ambulance if anyone is injured.
    • Move your car to the side of the road if it’s in a position that might cause other drivers to crash into it.
    • If the accident happens at night, try to warn oncoming traffic by using flares, your car’s hazard lights, or a flashlight.
    • Exchange information with the other driver, including your name, address, vehicle identification, and car insurance information.
    • Don’t leave the scene of the accident until a police officer gives you permission to leave.

For more information about what to do when involved in an accident, consult the Missouri Department of Revenue website.


Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 to discuss your case and get a price quote for your “Leaving the Scene of an Accident” ticket. Or email Andrea at andrea@leadfootspeedingticket.com