Can a passenger of a car that flees the scene of an accident be charged with anything? 9 Answers as of October 09, 2012They were driving at night the driver lost pressure in a rear tire and crashed into a parked car they left the car there and left without notifying anyone of the accident can’t the passenger that left the scene be charged for doing so?
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
It is the driver that committed a crime. The passenger can walk away from an accident without reporting it, he driver may not. If he was drunk it might not have been a bad choice, although a selfish one. The police will soon be at his door and he will be asked who was driving his car. He should tell the police, "I would be glad to answer all of your questions as soon as I can get my lawyer to advise me and be present". If he is one of the very few people smart enough to insist on a lawyer before answering any questions the police may not have enough evidence to charge him or convict him.
Answer Applies to: New York
Peacock Law Group of the Lowcountry, LLC | Richard Peacock
In SC, whether or not charges are brought is a very fact specific question of which the ultimate choice is left up to law enforcement. You should discuss this with law enforcement and/or a local attorney.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina