In New York State if a motorist is involved in an automobile accident and
does not report that accident it can open the motorist up to criminal
prosecution. There are two very different types of charges under the Vehicle
and Traffic Law for leaving the scene of an accident without reporting.
As white plains felony charges lawyers and traffic violations attorneys
we want you to know the different classes of offenses and potential sentences for each.
Leaving the scene of a PROPERTY damage accident without reporting
VTL 600(1) provides that ” Any person operating a motor vehicle who,
knowing or having cause to know that damage has been caused to the real
property or to the personal property … due to an incident involving
the motor vehicle operated by such person shall, before leaving the place
where the damage occurred, stop, exhibit his or her license and insurance
identification card for such vehicle, … and give his or her name,
residence, including street and number, insurance carrier … and
license number to the party sustaining damage, or in case the person sustaining
the damage is not present at the place where the damage occurred then
he or she shall report the same as soon as physically able to the nearest
police station, or judicial officer.”
A violation of VTL 600(1)(a) is a traffic infraction punishable by :
- A fine of up to $250;
- Up to 15 days in jail; or a 3. Both
Leaving the scene of a PERSONAL INJURY accident without reporting
VTL 600(2)(a) “Any person operating a motor vehicle who, knowing
or having cause to know that personal injury has been caused to another
person, due to an incident involving the motor vehicle operated by such
person shall before leaving the place where the said personal injury occurred,
stop, exhibit his or her license and insurance identification …
to the injured party, if practical, and also to a police officer, or in
the event that no police officer is in the vicinity of the place of said
injury, then he or she shall report said incident as soon as physically
able to the nearest police station or judicial officer.”
The level of the offense and the punishment depends upon if the mororist
has ever committed this crime in the past and also the level of injury
or death of the party. Leaving the scene of a Personal Injury Accident
is a CRIME and ranges from a class “B” misdemeanor to a class
“D” felony. The Sentences for Misdemeanors and felony range
from fines, probation to jail.
Leaving the scene of a PERSONAL INJURY accident is a fingerprintable offense
and a crime. Any conviction will result in a license revocation and the
motorist will not be permitted to obtain a conditional license.
criminal defense its important to know the classes of misdemeanors and the types of misdemeanor
crimes including felonies. Here in this case leaving the scene of a property
damage accident is a noncriminal offense while leaving the scene of a
personal injury accident is a crime.
If you have any questions how these charges are defended or how they relate
to other charges such as driving while intoxicated (
DWI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI)
contact my office for a free consultation.