The most critical factor in determining the potential penalties for a DUI hit and run is whether or not anyone was injured or killed at the scene of the accident, since this will usually increase the severity of the consequences one might face. However, there is no real standard of punishment since such cases often involve multiple charges, including reckless driving. If a defendant has a prior DUI conviction on record, this may also enhance the severity of the punishment. This is why one of the first things you should do after being arrested for this crime is seek skilled legal counsel.
Drivers who leave the scene of an accident after knowingly colliding with or fatally injuring a person may face one of two sets of penalties in the state of Massachusetts:
- A fine between $1,000 and $5,000 and a state prison term between 2 ½ and 10 years
- A fine between $1,000 and $5,000 and a county jail term between 1 and 2 ½ years
In both cases, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 year. If the hit and run accident resulted only in injury, the driver may face a prison term between 6 months and 2 years, and a fine between $500 and $1,000.
The DUI would be a separate charge, resulting in a fine between $500 and $1,000 and up to 2 ½ years in county jail, for first time offenders. All subsequent DUI offenses will result in harsher penalties.
Drunk Driving Defense Attorney in Northampton
Being arrested and facing such serious charges can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. If you find yourself in this situation, you must consult an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible, to avoid having your rights trampled on. At the Law Offices of Jesse Adams, attorney Jesse Adams has over 10 years of proven courtroom experience and a reputation for providing zealous and persuasive representation.
Call our office today at (413) 931-3828 to schedule a free consultation.