What is the consequence of a hit and run?

UPDATED: Nov 6, 2011

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What is the consequence of a hit and run?

I scratched a parked car in a parking lot and I moved my car to another parking spacebut still in the same parking lot. I didn’t know I had to leave a note. When I came back to my car, I saw an accident exchange information written by an officer. I thought a little scratch was OK but I was wrong. The officer said to call her and provide my insurance information; she said hit and run on the paper. And because she is not on duty now, I can’t contact her. I’m a new driver and an international student.

Asked on November 6, 2011 under Accident Law, Connecticut


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The consequences for a criminal conviciton for a hit and run charge (typically a misdemeanor) can be a fine, jail time and a permanent criminal record.

Given the fact that you are an international student and somewhat unfamiliar with the laws of this country you should consult with a criminal defense attorney first before you call the officer. You should also call your insurance representative about the incident as well. Good luck.

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