The sentencing range for a misdemeanor hit and run conviction is between 0 and 90 days in jail. A person who has prior convictions is more likely to receive a longer jail sentence than someone with a clean record, especially if the prior convictions are for same or similar traffic offenses. There is also a risk that a conviction on the hit and run charge could violate the terms of probation imposed by a judge on a prior sentence. A separate probation revocation hearing may be triggered on a prior conviction if, for example, the person was required to remain law abiding and commit no new offenses while on probation. Another factor a judge will consider before imposing sentence on a misdemeanor hit and run offense is the length of time that has elapsed between the new offense and any prior convictions. When a lengthy period of time has passed between the most recent prior conviction and the current offense, the criminal defense attorney will make an argument to the the judge at sentencing that the person has remained law abiding for the most part and the prior convictions should not affect the length of the sentence.
If you or someone you know has been charged with hit and run in Minnesota or Wisconsin, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your freedom. Attorney Robert J. Shane has 28 years of criminal defense experience ready to go to work for you. Call now for a free phone consultation at (612) 339-1024 or visit his website for more information at www.criminallawyerminnesota.com.