If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges associated with leaving the scene of an accident, our legal team can help fight the charges against you and build a strong defense strategy. We can also guide and direct you as you navigate the complex legal system, protecting your personal and professional reputation along the way.
Failure to stop and give information (FSGI) is a serious charge that can turn your life upside down. With the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg’s criminal defense team on your side, you can fight these serious allegations. Our team will examine any evidence against you and interview witnesses to help build your defense. We can also negotiate on your behalf for a plea bargain, sentence reduction, or dismissal whenever possible.
Your Legal Responsibility After an Accident in Texas
Texas Transportation Code § 550.023 requires anyone involved in an accident that causes injuries to stop immediately, or as soon as safely possible, and share the following information:
- Full name and address
- Vehicle registration number
- Insurance policy information
Similarly, Texas Transportation Code § 550.022 requires the sharing of the same information after an accident that causes property damage but no injuries.
In both instances, you are also required to show your driver’s license. Sharing this information allows each party to contact the other and their respective insurance providers. It also allows local police to investigate the accident and contact both drivers.
Penalties for Failing to Stop and Give Information
Leaving the scene of an accident is taken seriously in Texas and penalized accordingly. If you are convicted of FSGI – a form of hit and run – the state classifies it as a misdemeanor. Possible penalties include:
- Up to five years in jail
- Up to $5,000 in fines
The outcome of the accident might also lead to additional charges with heavier penalties that can wreak havoc on your personal and professional life. When our criminal defense team represents you, we will work hard to build a defense that limits or eliminates the damages of a conviction.
Our Legal Team Can Help You Defend Your Actions
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be stressful, scary, and confusing. In the panic of the moment, it can be hard to think clearly or know what to do. If you are accused of fleeing the scene of an accident, our criminal defense team may be able to help you prove that:
- You did not know you hit anyone or anything
- You were unable to stop at the time of the accident
- You were not aware of the seriousness of the accident
- You panicked in the immediate aftermath of the collision
- You were in an emergency situation and could not stop
Evidence We Collect on Your Behalf
If you unintentionally left the scene of a collision, our criminal defense team can help you:
- Identify and locate witnesses
- Take witness statements
- Locate surveillance videos
If medication interactions or side effects impaired your judgment at the time of the accident, we can also help obtain your medical records.
If you were mistakenly identified as the at-fault driver in an accident, we can help you establish an alibi or otherwise prove that you were not at the scene.
Building a defense to hit and run on your own can be difficult. It can be even more difficult when combined with the stress of a trial and potential conviction. When our team is on your side, we help you take an objective view of the situation and build a defense that can allow you to get on with your life.
Benefits of Working with Our Criminal Defense Team
Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime, whether it was a simple fender bender or a more serious accident that resulted in injuries or fatalities. Being convicted of failing to stop and give information (FSGI) can make it difficult to obtain employment that requires a clean driving record and background check. Our criminal defense team can work to negotiate a plea deal that helps you avoid the harshest penalties or have the charge dismissed altogether, depending on the circumstances of your case.
When you are charged with failure to stop and give information (FSGI), the team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg is ready to help you navigate the legal system with minimal damage to your personal and professional life.
Our Reputation Speaks for Itself
We work hard to ensure the best possible outcome for the clients we represent and to earn their respect and referrals. Here’s what some of our previous clients have to say:
- “The Isenberg Law Offices are filled with professionals who take every case and client seriously, as if they’re going to bat for their own family members. Our family will look only to Isenberg whenever we need a great lawyer.” – Christopher
- “There’s a reason why Randall Isenberg was listed among the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine. He truly is at the top in his field.” – Arnold
- “I am so thankful for Mr. Isenberg and his team. If anyone is facing years in prison, look no further and call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, the best of best! You will not regret it. I am a free man thanks to this awesome law firm.” – Victor
Review Your FSGI Case with One of Our Team Members Today
Running from an accident, or being accused of doing so, does not have to ruin your life. Our criminal defense team can help you defend your actions, prove your innocence, keep your driving privileges, and maintain your freedom.
You can rest assured that we will do everything we can to help you fight the failure to stop and give information (FSGI) charges against you. To learn more, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at (214) 696-9253 for a free consultation today.