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Hit & Run Attended

Hit and Run Attended

This is a gross misdemeanor and is punishable up to 364 days in jail, up to a $5,000 fine and a one year license suspension. A person is guilty of this offense if he/ she operates a vehicle and strikes an attended vehicle and leaves the scene without providing identifying information. It will become a felony if the victim is injured as a result of the accident. Be careful, a person may not stop and exchange identifying information if he/she thought the vehicles were not damaged after the vehicles “clipped” each other. A person can still be charged in this situation. RCW 46.52.020.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.