Failure to Stop and Render Aid or Information
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, you are obligated to stop and render aid to anyone who has been injured, or at least stop and give information to the law enforcement officials who have been called to the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered as a hit & run. Anyone who flees the scene after they have been involved in an accident can be charged with "failure to stop and render aid or information". Such charges can carry increased jail time, fines and court fees, community service, probation and other penalties.
Providing there were no serious injuries or a fatality, a failure to stop and render aid or information is a misdemeanor. If the accident caused life-threatening injuries or a death, the charge becomes a felony. Having represented clients in all types of DWI cases over the last 15 years, I understand that being in an accident can be an extremely emotional experience.
If alcohol or drugs were involved, even the thought of being arrested for a DWI or
underage DWI can make a person feel like they need to flee. I strongly recommend you remain at the scene and contact a
DWI lawyer from my firm immediately, so that we can advise you on how best to proceed. Taking the time to give your information, or to render aid to those in need is not only the humane thing to do, but may be critical to your defense.
If you have already fled the scene of an accident, calling a knowledgeable lawyer from my firm is the right thing to do. My staff and I will work hard to analyze the circumstances and evidence surrounding the accident, review all police reports and witness statements, and advise you on the best course of action to pursue. I am committed to providing clients with the kind of aggressive representation I would want if I were in their shoes.
Securing an experienced lawyer is one of the most important steps you can take if you have been involved in an accident, or fled the scene of an accident. My firm serves Houston and Harris County, and we have received an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® for our professional excellence, legal ability and ethical standards. I, personally, have trained with some of the best DWI trial lawyers in the country and have become a renowned DWI lawyer in my own right. I have authored numerous articles on DWI defense-related topics and have lectured to attorneys, judges and expert witnesses nationally and internationally.