This past April 2015, Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody—stirring a national debate about police brutality, federal civil rights violations, and allegations of racial discrimination by law enforcement. After an investigation into Gray’s death, Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby ruled Gray’s death a homicide and filed charges against 6 Baltimore police officers for manslaughter and related charges. As the best Stamford Connecticut criminal lawyers and Greenwich Connecticut criminal attorneys understand, however, while filing these charges may have provided some comfort and peace of mind to Gray’s supporters, it is only the first step in a long and protracted criminal justice process….
Last month’s arrest of Greenwich restaurant worker Vyacheslav Cherepov for manslaughter and hit and run illustrates just how serious evading responsibility charges can be in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and all throughout Connecticut. There, Mr. Cherepov was accused of hitting a 21-year-old woman in the Byram section of Greenwich, and fleeing the scene.
Hit and run / evading responsibility arrests like these which cause personal injury or property damage under C.G.S. § 14-244 are taken seriously in Connecticut. As most top Greenwich and Stamford evading responsibility criminal lawyers would concede, police and prosecutors usually believe hit and run suspects flee the scene for one reason only—because they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and don’t want to get caught with a DUI / DWI. Yet drunk drivers should understand that fleeing the scene of an accident can often lead to harsher penalties than an actual DUI / DWI.