Arlington, Virginia: A Class 5 Felony Hit and Run car accident (VA Code 46.2-894) with two witnesses, while driving drunk for the second time in 5 years (VA Code 18.2-266), and a confession to both acts – has resulted in only 30 active days in jail on all charges (together with some other conditions and restrictions), even though the client had 4 prior criminal convictions on his record. Client was facing a maximum of 11 years in prison on both charges.
DRIVER AND PASSENGER RESPONSIBILITY AFTER AN ACCIDENT
Virginia law imposes an affirmative duty on all drivers and passengers to report accidents. Failure to do so can lead to a criminal conviction.
The following is a list of drivers’ obligations under VA law:
1. Stop your vehicle as close to the scene as possible (without obstructing traffic) as soon as reasonably possible after the accident