There are several different degrees of Hit and Run charges in Washington. A charge of “Hit and Run Unattended” is defined under RCW 46.52.010 as being involved in an accident with an unoccupied vehicle or other property and failing to stop and provide contact information as required by statute. “Hit and Run Unattended” is a misdemeanor offense and carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail in a $1,000 fine. A Charge of “Hit and Run Attended” under RCW 46.52.020 is defined as being involved in an accident resulting in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person. This is a gross misdemeanor offense and carries a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail in a $5,000 fine. “Hit and Run Attended” also carries a mandatory license suspension for at least one year and three years of high-risk SR-22 insurance. Regardless of whether you are charged with an “unattended” or an “attended” charge, it is wise to speak with an attorney who regularly handles these types of cases as there are often alternative sentencing avenues and “civil compromises” that may be explored to avoid a conviction.
Finally, there are multiple levels of “Felony Hit and Run” under RCW 46.52.020, which can be filed if the accident results in bodily injury or death to another. These can be extremely serious charges with lasting felony ramifications. Advice of an attorney is always a wise choice on any felony charge.