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LEAVING SCENE OF ACCIDENT

Consequences of Leaving the Scene

The way leaving the scene of an accident may be charged and the potential penalties depend on the circumstances of the crash. For example:

Leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage is a second degree misdemeanor and a conviction can mean a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail;

Leaving the scene of an accident that caused injuries to another person is a third degree felony and a conviction can mean a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison;

Leaving the scene of an accident that caused the death of another person can be charged as a first degree felony, carrying a potential punishment of $10,000 fine and up to 30 years behind bars.

As you can see, leaving the scene of an accident can change your entire life if another person died or was seriously injured. Whether you were wrongfully accused or truly believed you had a justified reason to leave the scene, you need an aggressive defense attorney representing you and protecting your rights.