Are you charged with a criminal traffic offense in Washington State?
A charge of Hit and Run (attended or unattended) is a criminal traffic offense and NOT a traffic infraction. Unlike a traffic ticket a conviction of Hit and Run does go onto your Washington State Patrol criminal record. The potential penalties for a conviction of Reckless Driving are:
1. $5,000 fines
2. Mandatory 1 year license suspension (for hit and run attended)
3. Up to 364 days in Jail
4. Increased auto insurance rates
If you are convicted of Hit and Run - Attended, it is important to note that the 1-year license suspension is mandatory. This means that the judge must impose a license suspension of 1 year if you are found guilty of Hit and Run - Attended. John T Law, PLLC has successfully represented hundreds of people charged with criminal traffic offenses.
Below I have listed the Washington State Law for:
RCW 46.52.010 Duty on striking unattended car or other property — Penalty.
RCW 46.52.020 Duty in case of personal injury or death or damage to attended vehicle or other property — Penalties.