Hit Skip, also commonly known as a failure to remain at the scene of an accident or 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 a person is involved in an accident, Ohio law generally requires the driver to stay at the scene, even if the driver 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 one’s driver's license. Hit Skip 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:
Aggravated vehicular assault and vehicular assault
Aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide
Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
DUI / OVI
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). Having 12 or more points will result in an automatic driver’s licenses suspension. Because major traffic offenses result in more points being issued (most major traffic offenses carry 6 points), 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 prison time or long driver’s license suspensions.
Hit Skip and Major Traffic Offenses possible penalties:
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).
Have you been charged with a hit skip or major traffic offense? Contact The Stavroff Law Firm today to learn about your rights and begin building your defense.