Leaving the scene of an accident, or hit and run, is a serious criminal offense. Under state law, drivers are required to stop and exchange information or render assistance when they are involved in an accident that causes property damage or bodily injury. Depending on the damage done in the accident, hit and run can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In the worst case scenario, you could face up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, it is very important to consult with an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
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There are 3 classifications of the crime of leaving the scene of an accident, which are charged differently and carry different penalties. When the accident involves property damage only, the charge is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. With an accident involving personal injury, leaving the scene is a Class 4 felony and carries penalties of up to 3 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. When the accident results in death, this crime is charged as a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
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