Violation: Leaving the scene of an accident with injuries – facing DUI and Felony Vehicular Assault
Result: Plead to Class C Misdemeanor, 30 day suspended sentence
Details: A call was received by the Lebanon Police department of an accident with injuries. It was reported that two individuals were traveling on I-40 when a vehicle sideswiped them sending both vehicles into the median. The second car, allegedly driven by our client, fled the scene but broke down before making it home. Other individuals in the client’s car called a tow truck driver who reported the damage to police, leading the investigation toward our client. After being retained, we advised our client to remain silent and cancelled a scheduled appointment with police for an interview.
The police were suspicious that the client was drinking prior to the accident and fled in order to avoid arrest for DUI or vehicular assault (felony). We were able to retain insurance coverage to pay for the accident and avoid all charges for DUI or vehicular assault (based on drinking and driving). As a result client, pled guilty to a class C misdemeanor, receiving a 30 day sentence, all suspended.