Leaving the Scene of a DUI in Maricopa County, AZ
Leaving the scene of an accident in Arizona is a very serious offense, but when charged in connection with a DUI, the consequences become even more severe. If you have been charged with leaving the scene in Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe or another Maricopa County community, you need an experienced attorney who can handle your case in a way that will bring positive results.
Mesa Leaving the Scene of a DUI Accident Lawyer
As a Mesa DUI defense attorney and former Maricopa County DUI prosecutor, James Novak has worked with many clients facing both DUI and leaving the scene charges. James Novak is also highly experienced with much of the technical aspects involved in these cases, which are often the most crucial aspect of the prosecution's case. Call (480) 413-1499 today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your unique defense options.
A common scenario of these cases involves a person driving under the influence of alcohol who begins to drift or weave. After over-correcting their driving, they swerve back into traffic, striking the vehicle in the next lane. The driver begins to panic and remembers the few drinks they drank earlier, so fearing the arrival of the police and a DUI charge, the driver takes off.
A witness to the accident takes down the license plate number and calls the police. The police locate the driver, who is then handcuffed, and charged with not only DUI, but also with leaving the scene of an accident.
Arizona law provides that if involved in an accident, a driver must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene or as close to the scene as possible. The driver is supposed to remain at the scene of the accident until law enforcement arrives in order to answer questions and provide information to the reporting officer.