PA Legislature Passes Tougher Hit & Run Bill

Posted on: July 11th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

A June 29 press release from PA Representative Phyllis Mundy of Luzerne County discussed a bill that has been passed to close a loophole for hit and run defendants. Previously, those convicted of a hit & run offense in Pennsylvania would receive less time in jail than those convicted of a DUI.

Once Governor Corbett signs the legislation, those convicted of a hit and run in PA would be found guilty of a 2nd degree felony – the same level of crime as for a Pennsylvania DUI conviction. This would eliminate the possibility of a drunk driver receiving a lesser sentence by fleeing the scene of a PA car crash.

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