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Wisconsin Statutes provide the exact requirments for drivers after hitting vehicles, people, and othe objects. They should be referred to in addition to contacting a qualified attorney licensed in your state. Below is some general informatin regarding hit and run, obviously not to be relied upon for legal advice-merely for informational purposes only. For specific information and help with questions regarding hit and run, contact an attorney. Attorney Griessmeyer can be reached at 608 320-6710.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR HIT AND RUN IN WISCONSIN?
If the accident did not involve any injury you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor and face fines and up to 6 months in jail.
If the accident resulted in injury but not “great bodily harm”, the penalty is up to 9 months in jail and max fine $10,000. If someone in the accident was injured and suffered “great bodily harm”, you could be charged with a class E felony. Maximum 15 years in prison, if someone was killed, the maximum penalty is 25 years prison.
A criminal conviction is a very bad thing and can affect future employment and other areas of life. There are various ways to attempt to avoid a criminal conviction. This is generally easier in lower level type hit and runs when there is no serious property damage and no injury. In these types of cases the prosecutor may be mostly concerned that the other driver gets his car damage paid for if there is any. In that type of case, the lawyer may be able to work out a plea deal that does not involve a criminal conviction. For example, Attorney Griessmeyer recently had a criminal hit and run amended to a civil forfeiture (fine only). This prevented the criminal defendant who had no prior criminal convictions from being labeled a criminal the rest of his life.