In DC, there are two crimes for leaving the scene of an accident. The first is leaving after colliding (“LAC”), property damage, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and/or a $500.00 fine. The second is leaving after colliding, personal injury, which carries a maximum penalty of 180 days and/or a $1000.00 fine. In August of 2012, the DC City Council amended the city’s drunk driving laws. In doing so, the City Council also toughened its laws for LAC.
It is now legally required, under DC criminal law, for a person involved in an accident to not only wait and call the police but also wait for the police to arrive. The Office of the Attorney General’s Office will prosecute cases where the person leaves their contact information and fully cooperates with the police. The days where you can leave a note on the car if you accidentally tap another vehicle while parking are gone.
If the police suspect you are involved in an accident where you left the scene, the Metropolitan Police Department “Hit and Run Unit” will contact you. If that happens, you should immediately contact a DC leaving after colliding lawyer who can represent you in the investigation. Contact Scrofano Law for a full consultation.