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Charged with leaving after colliding

Charged with Leaving After Colliding

There is two possible charges if you have been charged with leaving after colliding

  • Causing Property damage
  • Personal Injury

If you leave the scene of accident and cause property damage the penalty for first offense be fined not more than the $250. or incarcerated for not more than 30 days, or both.

If you leave the scene of accident and cause personal injury the penalty for first offense is be fined not more than $1000.00 or incarcerated for not more than 180 days, or both.

See DC Code Section

Defenses to Leaving After Colliding in DC

You have to know that you in fact had a car accident.  Another defense to leaving after colliding is if you can show by a preponderance of the evidence, that your failure to stop or his or to remain on the scene was based on a reasonable belief that your personal safety, or the safety of another, was at risk and that you called 911, or otherwise notified law enforcement, as soon as it was safe to do so, provided identifying information, provided a description of the collision, including the location of the collision or event, and followed the instructions of the 911 operator or a law enforcement officer.

Is Diversion an Option?

You may be eligible for diversion especially if you are only charged with leaving the scene of accident you are probably eligible for diversion.  See our article on diversion in misdemeanor cases.  

Why you need to hire a lawyer

Since you been charged its imperative that you hire a lawyer.  Although this is a misdemeanor, you want to avoid having a criminal record.   Questions please give us a call.

Rollins and Chan Law Firm

419 7th Street, NW Suite 405
Washington DC, District of Columbia 20004
Phone: 202-455-5610