Fail to Stop at the scene of an accident is a criminal charge under the Criminal Code of Canada with the following penalties:
- licence suspensions
- criminal record for life
- Probation or diversion
The reason the police may consider a charge under the criminal code is usually due to the seriousness of the accident, or the location of the accident.
Usually, a charge of Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident is laid where there is:
- a fatality
- serious personal injury, or
- the accident has occurred on private property.
Fail to Remain under the Highway Traffic Act is normally laid by the police where there is only property damage involved.