Leaving the Scene of the Accident

Leaving the Scene of the Accident

Automobile accidents happen every day. In Michigan, leaving the scene of the accident, or failing to give identification at the scene of the accident, is a crime punishable by jail time and fines, regardless of whether you are at fault. As a 6-point traffic violation, leaving the scene of an accident can also significantly raise your insurance costs.

The following are the possible penalties one may face for leaving the scene of the accident:

OFFENSEPENALTYIMPRISONMENTFINEOTHER PENALTIES
Property or
Vehicle Damage Accidents
(MCL 257.618)
MisdemeanorUp to 90 daysUp to $1006 Points on Record
Injury to Another
(MCL 257.617a)
MisdemeanorUp to 1 yearUp to $1,000Drivers License Suspension
6 Points on Record
Severe Bodily Injury or Death
(MCL 257.617)
FelonyUp to 5 years
Up to 15 years if at fault
Up to $5,000
Up to $10,000 if at fault
Drivers License Suspension
6 Points on Record

There are many reasons as to why a person would leave after being involved in an accident.  A skilled attorney can help you navigate the court system in order to reduce your penalties or lower the offense you are charged with. If you or someone you know is dealing with a legal issue relating to a leaving the scene of an accident offense, it is imperative that you seek legal representation from a lawyer familiar with this area of law. Please contact us or call (586) 413-7777 at your earliest convenience.

 

*Please note, these statute citations and penalties are accurate as of January 2019.

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