Charges Surrounding Accidents: Fatalities, Bodily Harm, Hit-And-Run And Failing To Remain

Many drinking and driving offences are "victimless crimes" in which a client's biggest worry is that they may lose their ability to drive.

If you are charged as a result of an accident that involved bodily harm or death, your position is very, very different.

This is not an administrative charge. This is not a formality. This is a charge that has the potential to change your life permanently.

If your accident did not result in death but you are charged with a hit and run or failure to remain at the scene, your situation is still extremely serious. You may have had understandable reasons for leaving the scene, including emotional trauma, but the police and courts will not be inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt.

At Muenz Law Office, we will help you understand the full consequences of your charge and the consequences of the choices you will be forced to make as you deal with the charge.

What Are You Facing?

Nobody who is charged with impaired driving causing death or bodily harm intends to hurt anybody. Unfortunately, your intention doesn't matter. If you are convicted, you risk:

  • Incarceration: Particularly if the accident resulted in a death, a prison term is a very real possibility.
  • Licence suspension: Losing your licence upon conviction over a fatal accident is mandatory, which means it's not up to the judge. You will not be able to drive for at least five years. If your job involves a great deal of driving, your ability to support yourself or your family will be affected.
  • A criminal record: This could prevent you from getting a job, travelling — especially internationally — and may have a number of other effects on your life.
  • Insurance rates: It is highly likely that even when you are allowed to drive again, your insurance rates will be very high.

We will discuss the circumstances of your accident and arrest, the evidence, the strength of the case against you, and your options. Our lawyer has a particular interest in impaired driving cases and a solid record of success in court, both in defending clients and clearing their names and in getting favourable conditions for them if they choose to plead.

The charges against you are serious. You need serious support and the best legal representation available.

Contact Muenz Law Office

Call our Calgary office at 587-316-1499 if you have been charged following an accident. We also have an online form.