If you cause an accident and flee the scene, you are committing a crime. This action is called evading responsibility. It is also known as a “hit-and-run”. Also, it can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony in the state of Connecticut. The severity of this charge will be based on the damage that your vehicle caused during the accident. So, if the accident you caused resulted in the serious injury of another party, it will be considered a felony offense. Damage to another person’s property or minor injuries will likely result in a misdemeanor charge.
If evading responsibility is treated as a felony, you face certain penalties. You face a jail sentence of 1-10 years or a fine of $10,000. If it is treated as a misdemeanor, you face up to a year long jail sentence. Also, you face a fine of $600.
It is never in your best interest to flee the scene of an accident, whether you caused the accident or not. This can lead to additional charges being brought against you when you are found by the police. If you were involved in a hit and run and you have not turned yourself in, you should contact a criminal defense attorney. Such an attorney can help you strategize your next move.