Ask any of the best Greenwich, Stamford, Darien or Westport Connecticut criminal lawyers or attorneys…one of the most frequently charged and avoidable arrests in Connecticut is for Evading Responsibility, more commonly known as “Hit and Run” under C.G.S. 14-224. Top Stamford, Darien and Greenwich Connecticut criminal law firms see Connecticut drivers get arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident without leaving their name and number because they are afraid of getting arrested in Stamford, Darien or Greenwich for a DUI / DWI under CGS 14-227a. What they always seem to forget, however, is that passersby and video cams capture your driver’s license. And if you live close to the accident, police can be at your front door within minutes. Police will also check out local body shops following your Connecticut car accident to see if your damage matches up against the damage to the other vehicle. Whatever the case, the last thing you need is an arrest in Stamford, Darien, New Canaan or Greenwich Connecticut for Evading Responsibility / Hit and Run per CGS 14-224.
So after years of fighting Evading Responsibility arrests in Connecticut, we’ve put together 3 tips for you to know right now to help you get your Connecticut Evading Responsibility arrest or investigation dismissed quickly.
The best Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys know that a Stamford, Greenwich, Darien or Connecticut investigation for Evading Responsibility usually starts with a 911 call by a driver whose car or property suffered some damage. These victims usually provide a police officer with a description of the car, driver, and a license plate. Then the police go review any available video surveillance to help them further identify the other car and driver involved. Once they gather all the info, they will contact you by showing up unannounced at your doorstep or calling you at home or work. They usually cannot arrest you immediately, as they need to prepare an arrest warrant application for a prosecutor and judge to review and sign, which lays out all the evidence against you. The truth is that many times police do not want to do all this paperwork, especially if the property damage is minimal and there are no physical injuries. So before speaking with the police, be very polite and let the police officer know that you or your top Greenwich, Stamford, or Wilton Connecticut criminal lawyer attorney will contact them later that day, and then see if your lawyer can resolve the case without any arrests. It happens all the time. An experienced and top Connecticut Hit-and-Run criminal lawyer attorney can quickly de-escalate a Connecticut Hit-and-Run / Evading Responsibility investigation and sometimes quash the investigation by smoothing everything over and getting the victim’s car repaired quickly, before the case goes criminal.
As an unreasonable rule of thumb, Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan Connecticut police and prosecutors typically assume a driver has been arrested for Evading Responsibility / Hit-and-Run because they were drunk driving and didn’t want to get arrested for a Stamford, Greenwich or Connecticut DUI / DWI. So if you have been drinking, and were subsequently in a car accident where you left the scene, it’s important to not let the officers into your home to question you or even get physically near you. Refuse to let them into your home unless they have a warrant. You see, if they do have close, face-to-face interaction with you minutes or hours after a car accident where you left the scene, they can write in their reports that you smelled of alcohol, even if you weren’t drinking. And you should expect that they will ask you if have been drinking, so remember, do not lie (that’s a crime). Instead, refuse to answer any questions and tell them to contact your top Connecticut criminal lawyer with any further questions. So bottom line is disarm this drunk driving assumption argument by not offering any evidence to the police that they can use against you in court.
This last fact is absurd, but true. The best Fairfield County criminal law firms have seen it with their own eyes—not calling 911 for a one-car accident (such as your car bumping into a parking lot pole, tree or highway guardrail) is a misdemeanor under CGS 14-224. That’s right—you must call the police on yourself so that a police officer can come take an accident report. And if you don’t, then you run the risk of getting arrested in Norwalk, Wilton, Westport or anywhere in Connecticut for Evading Responsibility / Hit and Run under the criminal code CGS 14-224. So always err on the side of caution and call the police if you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident where there is property damage to either your car or the object or property you accidentally struck with your motor vehicle. And, in the unusual event that you’re drunk driving, then don’t flee the scene and make sure your first call is to a top Connecticut Evading Responsibility / Hit and Run criminal attorney and lawyer.
The team of Mark Sherman Law hit and run criminal attorneys are standing by 24/7 to assist you with your Connecticut Evading Responsibility / Hit and Run arrest or investigation. If your case is still in the investigation phase, then we will do our best to head it off to avoid you having to get arrested for 14-224 Evading Responsibility. And if you already have been arrested, then we will work with you to get your case resolved or dismissed as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
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