In Massachusetts, other than facing an OUI, DUI or drunk driving charge you may also be charged with hit and run. If you damage property during a hit and run and do not stop you could be charged with failure to stop after causing property damage. If you are charged with failure to stop after causing property damage on top of a OUI, DUI or drunk driving it makes your case a lot more complicated.
In Massachusetts, being charged with failure to stop after causing property damage in conjunction with being charged with an OUI, DUI or drunk driving is pretty common. Some people being charged with OUI may be scared to stop after hitting another car or running into a mail box. The fear that people have of being charged with an OUI after causing property damage makes a lot of OUI defendants want to run away from their problems. Others may not even notice that they have caused property damage or have gotten in the OUI accident. (picture of broken mail box taken by CJ Sorg)
In any Massachusetts criminal OUI case, the assistant district attorney also known as a prosecutor will want to make sure that the alleged victims in the case are protected. In the situation where you are charged with failure to stop after causing property damage, the prosecutor will want to get the input of the victims. The victims in many failure to stop after causing property damage are usually pretty upset about the OUI defendant’s conduct. OUI victims tend not to like the idea that a person was trying to run away from a car accident especially once the victim finds out that the person was drinking. If the victim is upset that makes it more difficult to work out your OUI case in a favorable way.
If you are convicted of failure to stop after causing property damage you could face some serious penalties. The registry may want to further suspend your sentence beyond the OUI suspension. It is never a good idea to run away from your OUI problems. Hundreds if not thousands of car accidents happen every day. Just because you got into a car accident and you are charged with an OUI doesn’t mean that you are automatically guilty of OUI. Trying to run away after causing property damage will not help your OUI case in the end.
If you have been drinking and get into a car accident, stay calm, get out of the car and exchange insurance information. If you are charged with failure to stop after causing property damage, it will make it more difficult to work out your OUI case and you will be facing more jail time.