If you have been charged with evading responsibility, or as it is also known, leaving the scene of an accident or hit and run, in Fairfield or New Haven County, it is imperative to contact an experienced criminal lawyer. Evading responsibility not only has criminal consequences, but you may also face a suspension of your license if you are convicted.
Evading responsibility can either be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances of the accident, and the injuries suffered. If you are involved in an accident that causes damage to property or minor injuries to another, such as bruises or whiplash, the offense will be a misdemeanor. The penalty for misdemeanor evading responsibility is a fine of no less than Seventy-five ($75) dollars and no more than six-hundred ($600) dollars and a potential period of incarceration of up to one (1) year for a first offense. If you are involved in a serious motor vehicle accident and leave the scene of the accident, causing injuries such as broken bones or death, you will be charged with felony evading responsibility. The penalty for felony evading is a potential fine of up to twenty thousand ($20,000) dollars and a potential period of incarceration of up to twenty (20) years.
Not only does a conviction for evading responsibility carry the potential for a fine, jail time and probation, the Department of Motor vehicles will suspend your license for a period of time if you are convicted. The suspension period ranges from ninety (90) days to two (2) years. Your insurance premium may increase, and you could face a potential personal injury claim, further complicating your matter.
We have years of experience representing clients throughout the state of Connecticut charged with evading responsibility. Our ultimate goal is to have the charges dismissed against you as quick as possible. We will zealously advocate on your behalf to ensure the best possible outcome. We will gather all the evidence and present a clear picture of what happened to the prosecutor.
Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, The Lebedevitch Law Firm handles evading responsibility cases throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. Contact The Lebedevitch Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation.