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Leaving after colliding in the District of Columbia

What is hit and run in DC?

A question we rountinely hear is what is hit and run in DC.  Well there is no statute called “hit and run. ”   Most people are referring to leaving after colliding when they say hit and run.  In the District of Columbia a person will be charged with leaving after colliding property damage if that person did operate or was in physical control of a vehicle within the District and knew or had reason to believe that his or her vehicle was in a collision, failed to immediately stop and, where real or personal property belonging to another was damaged or a domestic animal was injured, failed to provide identifying information to the owner or operator of the property or the owner of the domestic animal or, where the owner or operator of the property or the owner of the domestic animal was not present, provide or cause another to provide identifying information and the location of the collision, to law enforcement. D.C. Code§ 50-2201.05c(a)(2) (2013)

Property Damage Penalty

If you are found guilty of leaving after colliding property damage, the penalty for a first offense property damage is $250.00 dollars fine and/or 30 days in jail.  D.C. Code § 50-2201c(d)(2) (2013)

Personal Injury Penalty

If you found guilty of leaving after colliding personal injury, the penalty for first offense is $1000.00 fine and/or 180 days in jail. D.C. Code § 50-2201c(d)(2) (2013)

How People are Charged with these Offenses

We usually get involved with these kind of cases when a citizen receives correspondence from the metropolitan police department that they were involved an accident.  The correspondence will indicate that they want you to call the officer and come into the police station to give your side of the story

Should you go without an Attorney

The short and long answer is “no.”  Never go without an attorney to talk to the police.  Even if you believe you did nothing wrong, it is hard to advocate for yourself; furthermore, anything you say will be used against you.   Remember you are not under arrest so if you walk into the police station they do not have to read you your Miranda warnings and therefore, all statements are admissible.

So if you got one of these letters in the mail contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you with going to police station.   Feel free to contact us.

Rollins and Chan Law Firm

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