How serious does an injury have to be to be charged with a felony of leaving the seen of accident?

The woman that was hit sustained a nose bleed and the insurance paid all of her bills.

Asked on June 7, 2012 under Criminal Law, Arkansas


Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The seriousness of the injury does not necessarily play a major factor in whether or not you will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. The crime itself is leaving the scene of the accident. Injuries suffered are aggravating circumstances that can determine if the charge will be a misdemeanor or a felony. A nose bleed is not in itself considered a serious aggravating injury, but if the person suffered a broken nose or sought medical treatment for it, then the prosecutor can consider this a serious injury.

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