Hit Skip & Major Traffic Offenses

HIT SKIP, also commonly known as a "hit and run," is one of many serious traffic offense charges. A HIT SKIP is typically defined as leaving the scene of an accident. When you are involved in an accident, Ohio law generally requires you to stay at the scene, even if you were not the one at fault. A HIT SKIP charge can have many different penalties, depending on the both the reason for the accident and the outcome of the accident. Alone, this charge carries mandatory penalties including the suspension of your driver's license. Furthermore, it can be considered a felony and can have much more serious penalties if someone was seriously injured or killed as a result of the accident, or if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving recklessly, driving under suspension, or driving without a license.

MAJOR TRAFFIC offenses under Ohio law include:

  • Hit Skip

  • Aggravated vehicular assault and vehicular assault

  • Aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide

  • Vehicular manslaughter

  • Reckless operation of a motor vehicle

  • DUI/OVI and Drugged driving charges

Any of these MAJOR TRAFFIC offenses can result in a specific number points being issued on your license by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), and having 12 points on your license will automatically suspend your privilege to drive. Since MAJOR TRAFFIC offenses result in more points being issued, it is important to seek legal representation right away so that these points do not add up. If facing one of the situations that could result in a felonious charge, such as the accident causing someone's death or your being under the influence at the time of the accident, more penalties can be considered such as serious jail time and a mandatory license suspension. 


  • On the high end, the most serious penalty can be a F1 (felony of the 1st degree) and on the low end, the least serious penalty can be a MM (minor misdemeanor).


Contact The Stavroff Law Firm today to learn about your rights and begin building your defense.