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Fighting Greenwich Connecticut Evading Responsibility / Hit-And-Run Arrests (Part 2 of 4)

Fighting Greenwich Connecticut Evading Responsibility / Hit-And-Run Arrests
(Part 2 of 4)

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What Gets You Arrested for Evading Responsibility in Greenwich Connecticut?

Many of the best criminal lawyers and attorneys in Greenwich Connecticut know that you can get arrested for Evading Responsibility in Greenwich under CGS 14-224 if you leave the scene of a car accident which has caused property damage or personal injury, without providing your contact information to the injured party or property owner, or without calling the police. When you don’t do this, police have good cause to believe that you are running away to avoid getting caught for a DWI / DUI, or you were driving without a license, with no car insurance, no proper registration, or maybe you were driving a stolen car. Otherwise—as Greenwich police often think—why would you leave the scene?

While You May Just Get a Ticket, It’s Still a Criminal Arrest

Top criminal lawyers in Greenwich and Stamford Connecticut understand that Greenwich Police or State Troopers often make arrests for Evading Responsibility CGS § 14-224 by either taking you down to the police station and formally booking you, or just handing you a Greenwich “Misdemeanor Summons and Complaint” ticket for Evading Responsibility, without taking you down to the station. Understand that even though you didn’t get booked, fingerprinted and photographed, this is still a criminal arrest for a misdemeanor or felony. So it must be taken seriously, as the arrest record for Evading Responsibility in Greenwich Connecticut will show up on every employment background check until you and your top Greenwich Connecticut criminal defense lawyer get your Evading Responsibility arrest case dismissed and expunged.

Greenwich Arrests Report to Stamford Superior Court

Regardless of whether you are arrested or just ticketed for CGS 14-224 by the Greenwich Police Department, or Connecticut State Troopers on I-95 or the Merritt Parkway, you will be ordered to report to Stamford Superior Court to answer your charges. You see, the Town of Greenwich Connecticut does not have its own criminal courthouse, and all criminal arrests must go through Stamford Court. So when you’re looking for a lawyer to fight your Greenwich Connecticut arrest for Evading Responsibility, it’s a good idea to consult with a top Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut criminal law firm who appears regularly in Stamford criminal court.

Even a One-Car Accident Can Lead to a Greenwich Evading Responsibility Arrest

One interesting and yet hard-to-believe nuance of Connecticut Evading Responsibility law is that you can get arrested in Greenwich Connecticut for leaving the scene of a one-car accident. That’s right—even if no other car was involved, and just your car was damaged in the accident (for example, if you ran off the road and hit a tree and just damaged the car, not the tree)—then you are legally obligated to remain at the scene of the accident and notify the police. Many of the best Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys have seen Evading Responsibility arrests for one-car accidents. As we say again and again, the police are determined to keep drunk drivers off the roads, and if it means arresting you for Hit and Run / Evading Responsibility for bumping into a guardrail on I-95 or the Merritt Parkway, then they believe it’s worth the hassle of all the police paperwork.

A Greenwich Evading Responsibility Arrest Can Be a Felony or Misdemeanor

Under the Connecticut penal law, Evading Responsibility CGS 14-224 has two subsections: a misdemeanor law and a felony law. Whether you are arrested in Greenwich Connecticut for the misdemeanor or felony subsection of the Evading Responsibility law depends solely on the damages and injuries you are accused to have caused. Felony Evading Responsibility charges follow when you cause “serious physical injury” to another person (which usually means broken bones are involved). Anything else is a misdemeanor, meaning non-serious physical injuries (bumps, bruises, or minor cuts), or any kind of property damage. Make sure your top Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyer attorney reviews your police paperwork, as police and court clerks have been known to mistakenly charge you for the felony subsection instead of the misdemeanor section, causing headaches for your employment background checks.

Jail for Greenwich Connecticut Evading Responsibility / Hit-and-Run Arrests?

Possibly. It depends on your criminal record and the severity of the injuries and property damage caused by your car accident. It also depends on whether you were adequately insured to cover the medical bills and property costs. Typically, a misdemeanor arrest for Evading Responsibility carries a maximum jail sentence of 1 year, probation, and fines of up to $600. A conviction for a felony Evading Responsibility arrest will result in up to 10 years of jail, a maximum $10,000 fine and probation. Convictions for subsequent Evading Responsibility arrests come with enhanced penalties. And on top of all this, and regardless of whether you’re found guilty of misdemeanor or felony Evading Responsibility, the Connecticut DMV will suspend your driver’s license for months or years, depending on the facts of your case. Keep reading to learn more about driver’s license consequences that come hand-in-hand with a Greenwich Connecticut Evading Responsibility arrest.

Continue Reading…Greenwich Evading Responsibility Arrests, Part 3 of 4
(Best Defense Practices for Greenwich Evading Arrests, DMV License Suspensions, Internet Scrubbing, and much more)