Failing to stop and report an accident and the penalties (AC20 Conviction)

If you are involved in a road traffic accident, there are certain legal obligations that you must fulfil. The law requires you to stop at the scene and report an accident if personal injury has been caused to someone else or if there is damage to another vehicle or property such as lampposts, bollards, fences etc. Failure to do so is known as an AC20 Offence and this may carry a severe penalty. Motorists must exchange their name, address and vehicle details with any person that may reasonably request them. If a driver is unable to do so; for instance, if it is late at night and there is nobody around, then they are under a duty to report the accident at a police station within 24 hours and, in any event, as soon as reasonably practicable.

The allegation of failing to stop or report an accident should be taken seriously, particularly in the case of a ‘hit and run’ incident where somebody is injured which could lead to a custodial sentence. Offenders may also receive a hefty fine and the endorsement of between 5 and 10 penalty points on their licence and the possibility of disqualification from driving for a period of anywhere between 12 and 36 months. Therefore, if you have been charged with failing to stop and report an accident, you should seek expert legal advice without further delay.

Why choose Brian Koffman & Co.

As specialists in defending drivers facing this charge, we can assist you in achieving the best possible outcome. You may be unaware that you had an accident and this could be a genuine defence. However, it is not a legitimate defence to say that the damage was only minor and you thought that you did not need to stop.

Through contacting a highly experienced member of our team without any obligation, we can advise you on whether you have legitimate grounds to contest the charge. Just because you have been accused of failing to stop and report an accident, this does not necessarily mean that you will be prosecuted for the offence and we will endeavour to support you every step of the way in contesting the allegation.

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Motoring Offence Solicitors offer the very best privately funded legal representation to clients accused of driving offences in Manchester and across the UK.  Call our team today on 0161 832 3852 or complete the enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page.