Question: In Connecticut, is evading responsibility a felony or misdemeanor?
Answer: Evasion of responsibility (CT Statute 14-224) when driving in Connecticut is a serious violation that comes with an automatic license suspension. This type of violation remains on your Connecticut driver’s record for 10 years (minor moving violations only remain on your record for three years and points for two years from the conviction date.)
Whether or not you are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor depends on the severity of the incident. A hit-and-run resulting in a death or serious injury is a felony and comes with imprisonment of up to 10 years. A hit-and-run causing minor injury or property damage is a misdemeanor and carries a prison term of up to one year.
There are three subsections under Statute 14-224 that you can be cited under. Read the full descriptions of each offense by reading through the Connecticut Statutes, but here’s a synopsis:
- Section 14-224(a) is the most severe. It is described as evading responsibility (hit-and-run) following involvement in an accident that results in a fatality or serious injury. Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not more than $10,000 or be imprisoned not less than one year nor more than 10 years or be both fined and imprisoned. The minimum driver’s license suspension is one year, and the maximum is five years.
- 14-224(b) is evading responsibility (hit-and-run) following involvement in an accident resulting in minor physical injury or property damage. This offense comes with a 90-day license suspension. If cited, you will be fined $75 to $600 or be imprisoned for up to a year, or both. On subsequent violations, the fees rise from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $1,000.
- 14-224(c) is for racing a motor vehicle on a public road. A first violation of this section means you lose your license for 30 days; subsequent violations result in 90-day suspensions. If cited, you will be fined $75 to $600 or be imprisoned for up to a year, or both. On subsequent violations, the fees rise from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $1,000.
How many points is evading responsibility in Connecticut?
We are unaware of any points associated with the violation of evading responsibility in Connecticut. This is likely because your license is suspended once you get too many points. If you are cited for evading responsibility in Connecticut, your license is automatically suspended for a certain period of time, so points are needed to mete the penalty.
— Michelle Megna contributed to this story.