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    Question: What would a minor get for fleeing the scene of an accident?

    Answer: Each state's laws are different, but the basic rule is that you should never leave the scene of an accident.

    If the accident is a minor one (like a 'fender bender') you may only be guilty of a minor crime like failing to cooperate with an investigation. However, as the accident gets more serious, so do the consequences for leaving the scene.

    If someone is killed in the accident, and you are the driver, you may be charged with felony hit and run or the felony of leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Felonies are the most serious crimes, which carry a punishment of more than a year in State prison.

    The juvenile system uses slightly different terminology, which you can read about in some of the other questions on this site, but the bottom line is never leave the scene of a traffic accident until an investigating officer says that it is time to go.

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    On 12/07/06
    mitch from RI said:
    If someone takes there dads car and they dont have a licenece, ad while there driving they lose control of the car and hit a car what would be the minors consequence?
    On 10/29/05
    Brian from MO said:
    If i got into small fender bender in a parking lot on campus, but had to leave to park my car due to the traffic that had built up behind us, and i go park the car and come back , but not see the guy, would the ruling of the court most likely be guilty? Especially in a small town where they try to get as much money as possible from anyone they can
    On 10/28/04
    jim from NC said:
    I have some friends who were in a car accident. They decide to flee the scene of the accident. Now they are being charged with a felony fleeing the scene of the accident and also hit and run how much time would they be facing
    On 02/16/04
    Meredith from AL said:
    First off, a minor can't sign for a car. I know in most states, you have to be 18 to enter into a legally binding contract (like buying a car). In Alabama, the age is 19. Second, if your car is totalled (that is, the damages total--are equal or greater than--a certain percentage--usually, 75%--of the car's value), then your insurance will pay you for the car (they are essentially buying the car from you). You will then have a lump sum check for the present day value of the car, and they would be the owners of your car, so there would be no payments for you to make.
    On 07/31/02
    donald from MN said:
    first off, if you were going to run from the scene after hitting a fence and your licence plates were left there it be wise to stop and realize what happened. and second u still have to pay the car off, even if it is totalled.
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