Speak to one of our team today if you have been charged for Failure to Stop or Report an Accident. We expertly handle road traffic offences of all types, including:
- Causing Death by Dangerous or Careless Driving
- Dangerous and Careless Driving
- Driving While Disqualified
- Failing to Identify the Driver (s.172)
- Driving With Excess Alcohol (Drink Driving)
- Driving When Unfit Because of Drink or Drugs
- Failing to Provide a Specimen for Analysis
- No Insurance
- Exceptional Hardship Applications
- Special Reasons Arguments
If you are driving a motorised vehicle and cause damage to another vehicle or property – or injure a person, or animal – you are required by law to stop and give your details to the party affected, or anyone with reasonable grounds for requesting it. Where you are not in a position to give your personal details, you must report the incident within 24 hours to the police. The duty to stop at the scene, however, will only apply to a defendant who was aware of an accident occurring. There is also no specified period of time for which a person involved in an accident must remain.
Where there is a failure to stop or report, you can be charged under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s.170 (2). This could mean you are issued 5 to 10 penalty points on your licence, a fine of up to £5,000, or even a prison sentence of up to six months. You can also be disqualified from driving for a period of time depending on aggravating factors surrounding the incident. The harshness of the sentence will depend on the facts of the case and the seriousness of the offence, as well as other factors, such as how well the defendant cooperated with police officers.
Charged with Failure to Stop or Report?
If you have been charged with failure to stop or report, get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity. There are a number of reasons why a driver might fail to stop after an accident, such as where the defendant was unaware an accident or damage had occurred to another vehicle or property, or injury caused. There may also be extenuating circumstances that will be considered by the court.
Early advice from a road traffic solicitor could mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. Because of the complexity of road traffic law in the UK, there are many reasons why your charges could be nullified, or where mitigating circumstances can help to reduce your sentence. If you are being investigated in relation to a road traffic offence, it is vital to have the support of experienced, well respected and specialist defence lawyers who will protect your rights and interests. Here at Stephen Lickrish & Associates, we work discretely and proactively to provide our clients with the best possible defence and representation.