What constitutes a hit and run in Iowa?
Per Iowa General Statute (I.G.S) 321.261, drivers involved in a car accident of any sort must stop, render necessary assistance and give personal identifying information to a police officer, witness, injured person or property owner. Drivers in this situation must provide the following:
- Operator’s license number
- Registration number
If drivers do not have the ability to report this information to any appropriate person for any reason, they must notify local law enforcement authorities of the details of the accident. Failure to do so can result in criminal charges.
What consequences do you face for a hit and run in Iowa?
If you have the misfortune to sustain a conviction for a hit and run, you can expect severe penalties. Your exact penalties will depend on the severity of the underlying accident. Determining factors include the extent or lack thereof of injuries or deaths and the number of times, if any, the defendant has previously sustained convictions for this offense. With that in mind, the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident are as follows:
- Up to thirty days in jail
- Up to $625 in fines
- Serious misdemeanor
- Up to one year in jail
- Up to $1,875 in fines
- Class D felony
- Up to five years in prison
- Up to $7,500 in fines
- Potential revocation of the individual’s driver’s license
- Potential permanent suspension of the individual’s driving privileges
Furthermore, committing any of these offenses may lead to increased insurance rates or your insurance carrier dropping your coverage.
How do you defend against a hit-and-run charge in Iowa?
If law enforcement has charged you with a hit and run, you should speak with one of our skilled Des Moines lawyers who will discuss the particulars of your case and employ one of the following defenses:
- Mistaken identity
- No proof of damage or accident
- You did not, in fact, flee the scene; the alleged victim did
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