Foxwoods Casino Hit-and-Run Lawyer
Because Foxwoods Casino is on tribal land, many people believe that Connecticut law does not apply here. However, the Mashantucket Pequod Tribal Police still work closely with state authorities to handle alleged criminal offenses at the casino—including traffic infractions such as hit-and-runs.
If you were accused of leaving the scene of a traffic accident on or near casino property, a Foxwoods Casino hit-and-run lawyer can help. Contact our firm to discuss your unique case with a seasoned criminal defense attorney.
What Counts as a “Hit-and-Run” at Foxwoods Casino?
Under state law, every person involved in a collision must stop their vehicle and remove it from the flow of traffic if possible. They must try to help any other party involved in the accident who is seriously injured and call emergency services if needed. Then, they must provide their contact, license, and registration information to a person or police officer at the scene or within a written report filed at the nearest police station. Under Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) §14-224, any person who fails to meet these requirements may be violating the law pursuant to this “evasion of responsibility” statute.
It is important to note that these requirements apply regardless of where an accident occurs or how many vehicles it involves. Even if a collision does not involve any other automobiles, these rules must still be adhered to. If an auto accident only causes damage to a parked car or other personal property, the driver involved must make reasonable efforts to find and share necessary information with the property’s owner as soon as possible. As a Foxwoods Casino hit-and-run attorney can affirm, failing to fulfill any single requirement noted above may be treated just as severely by prosecutors as failing to stop altogether.
What Are the Possible Sanctions for an “Evading Responsibility” Conviction?
The criminal severity of a hit-and-run charge in Connecticut—and accordingly, at or around Foxwoods Casino—will vary depending on the amount and type of harm the accident in question has caused. If the crash caused only property damage, the offense would be considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine that is between $75 and $600 and a maximum jail term of one year for a first-time offender.
If the crash resulted in physical injury, an ensuing hit-and-run charge would still be prosecuted as a misdemeanor and punishable by the same range of fines for a first-time offender. However, the maximum applicable term of imprisonment rises to five years. Any person with one or more prior hit-and-run convictions, who is charged with either variant of misdemeanor evading responsibility, may be subject to a fine range of $100 to $1,000. If someone has further questions about what sanctions may apply in their unique hit-and-run case, they should speak to an attorney serving Foxwoods Casino.
Finally, if an auto accident results in severe or fatal injuries, any party involved who evades responsibility may be charged with felony hit-and-run. Upon conviction, they face maximum sanctions of $20,000 in fines and between two and 20 years behind bars. After an evading responsibility conviction, various driver’s license penalties and restrictions may also be applied.
Get in Touch with a Foxwoods Casino Hit-and-Run Attorney
A hit-and-run is a very serious criminal offense that, depending on how severe your collision was, could have felony-level repercussions that permanently alter your life. Even if you have never faced any other criminal charge or conviction before, the consequences of such a charge remain severe.
Enlisting the help of a top attorney could prove vital in achieving a favorable outcome for your case. Click here to read our over 300 certified client reviews on Avvo.com, and contact a Foxwoods Casino hit-and-run lawyer at Mark Sherman Law today to get started.