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Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run)

Attorney William A. Stavros has many years of experience defending those accused of leaving the scene of an accident and allegedly failing to comply with various statutory obligations. These serious traffic violations are commonly referred to as “Hit and Run”. Mr. Stavros has experience handling hit and run cases in both the State and Federal Courts in Maryland.

There are a number of different citations an officer may write for illegally leaving the scene of an accident. Many of these citations carry potential incarceration and points sufficient to cause the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to seek to suspend or revoke your drivers license depending on the exact charge. Anyone accused of leaving the scene of an accident should contact an experienced traffic lawyer immediately to discuss the facts and circumstances of their particular situation. William A. Stavros will methodically go through the facts of your case and apply it to the law to see which defenses and/or options may be recommended.

William A. Stavros is an experienced traffic lawyer. You may contact him at (410) 825-3300 to set up a free consultation to discuss your situation. The Eastern Shore office number is (410) 739-0794.

General Information Regarding Hit and Run Charges in Maryland State Court

The law in this area is complex. The information below is in no way intended to be legal advice nor is it a complete or comprehensive account of the law in this area, nor does it create any attorney-client relationship. The following is merely a basic overview of some of the applicable laws. If you are accused of leaving the scene of an accident you should contact William A. Stavros immediately to discuss your particular situation.

In Maryland, a driver involved in any accident must stop as close as safely possible to the scene of the accident without obstructing traffic more than necessary. If the accident involves bodily injury, death or damage to an attended vehicle or property the driver must stop and render reasonable assistance to any injured person. Maryland law requires that a driver provide all required identification and insurance information to any injured person as well as the driver, the occupants and any person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in the accident.

Maryland law further dictates that if the damage is to attended property and no one is available or in a condition to receive the information, and there is no police officer present that a driver shall immediately report the accident to the nearest police authority and provide all of the required information. If however, the damage is to unattended property the law requires that the driver search for the owner or person in charge of the unattended vehicle or property and notify that person of the necessary information. If that person, however, cannot be found the driver must leave the required information in writing in a safe and conspicuous place in or on the damaged vehicle or property. If the note a driver leaves is not found, however, it will be up to a court to decide whether to believe the driver’s claim to have left the appropriate information. Stopping and remaining at the scene and immediately calling the police to report the accident would reduce the risk of anyone claiming that a note was never found; it may also resolve other potential misunderstandings and issues that might arise even if an appropriate person is available at the scene to exchange the required information.

People have a variety of reasons for failing to comply with their statutory duties after being involved in an accident. Some of them may amount to a legal defense to the charges. Other explanations may be mitigating. Some explanations, however, may only exacerbate the situation. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible so that he can help you avoid actions that may make things substantially worse. Call William A. Stavros as soon as possible and request a free consultation at the numbers provided above.

Client Reviews

Mr. Will Stavros is an excellent attorney. He represented me on my dui charge. He was very professional and had immense knowledge about the existing law and how it worked. I, in total had about 18 citations and the state was asking for jail time. I was amazed by his proficiency in logical reasoning...


Will Stavros is a outstanding criminal defense attorney. He is responsive, thorough and creative in his advice. I immediately developed trust and confidence in him due to his vast wealth of knowledge and experience. I found him to be extremely efficient and cost effective given my complex situation...


Attorney William Stavros is "Simply The Best". He represented me a few years ago on the Eastern Shore in Ocean City for minor drug offense. Great outcome. Recently had a nerve wrecking serious offense 3rd time DUI on the upper Eastern Shore. There was no doubt whatsoever that I wanted Mr. Stavros as...


A few months back my daughter found herself in some legal trouble. A friend of ours suggested we contact Mr. Stavros. We set up a consultation with Mr. Stavros were he outline all of the potential pitfalls in our case. Once we retained Mr. Stavros on our case he immediately went into high gear...


Mr. Stavros was the answer to my prayer! This was for us, a first time experience with a serious traffic offense for my son, so of course we were unnerved at the prospect of going to court. Mr. Stavros was very professional, knowledgeable and sincerely interested in helping us through the process...


As most people probably are, I was scared at the thought of being in need of an attorney. Will Stavros calmed my fears professionally and delicately. I am a young mother that had little time to deal with the seriousness of my case. Will was incredibly informative and made sure I understood what my...


We were all very pleased with the outcome of my son’s case. I wanted to thank you for all of your help with my son’s case. I was very impressed when we met with you the first time for our free consultation. You had already done a lot of background research and informed us of what to expect and...


Mr. Stavros proved himself a master strategist In the course of many years, I have been associated with several attorneys on a professional basis. None of those can even come close to William Stavros. This exceptional attorney assisted me in a serious traffic matter that could have ruined my...


I will certainly recommend his services in the future to anyone who finds themselves in a legal bind "Mr Stavros is very knowledgeable and respectful to his clients. When I hired him as my attorney, he was always willing to make time to discuss my case with me. He put forth a great amount of time...


Mr. Stavros, you have my highest recommendation -- "Dear Mr. Stavros I want to thank you so much for the time and effort you applied towards my case. You took extra time and discussed all of my concerns on several occasions before court. You also provided excellent suggestions for me to complete...


I can confidently recommend Mr. Stavros' legal professional services "As a Maryland attorney, I can confidently recommend Mr. Stavros' legal professional services. He is been my number one referral source for individuals who have a need for traffic or criminal cases, in large part due to his...


I would gladly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a lawyer. Will made what was a terrible situation better by being available and attentive. My questions and concerns were always answered and addressed, and complex issues were explained and options presented. His thorough knowledge of law...


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