Thanks, ***** ***** do apologize for the confusion with the billing issue.
Back to your legal question, as I stated above, this is the law in Missouri.
This offense is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Now, if there was:
1) any kind of physical injury to another; or
2) property damage in excess of $1,000; or
3) you have previously plead guilty OR been convicted of this offense
then the offense is a class D felony, which is punishable by up to 4 years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
As you can see, the offense is serious. While many individuals merely panic after an accident and flee, this is not a valid excuse under the law. IF there is evidence that can link you to the crime (eyewitnesses seeing you and writing down your plate number) then you can bet police will be looking for you.
Also, what I discussed above is just the criminal penalties that you may face if convicted.
There are also DL consequences that you can face.
Before I talk about the DL consequences, do you have any questions on what I have provided thus far?