Hartford, CT- Supermodel Stephanie Seymour’s legal troubles are getting worse now that she is facing hit-and-run charges on top of her DUI charges, stemming from an accident that occurred in mid-January.

The Greenwich Patch reports that Seymour was arrested on January 15th around 9:00 p.m. for driving under the influence after being involved in a minor fender-bender. While she was sitting at a stop sign, the model, who married newspaper magnate Peter Brant, backed up into a car behind her.

According to the Patch, Seymour had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Although she refused to participate in field sobriety tests, she was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Now, she is facing additional charges of hit-and-run.

Before the rear-end accident, police say Seymour struck a utility pole and fled the scene only to cause another accident a short time later. The Patch reports that the utility pole snapped in half, adding that police determined Seymour caused the collision because they found debris from her Range Rover at the accident scene.

So now she is facing a hit-and-run charge on top of her DUI charge. Fortunately, no one was injured in either collision, and the former model is only accused of causing property damage, which means her hit-and- run charge is a misdemeanor. A hit-and-run accident that involves serious injury or death can be elevated to a felony charge.

ABC New reports that Seymour entered a drug counseling program but said she was not seeking preferential treatment. He also said she just wants to put the episode behind her.

The penalties for felony hit-and-run in Connecticut includes a minimum one-year jail sentence and up to a maximum of ten years and a fine up to $10,000. Those penalties are on top of the potential consequences of a DUI, which include jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and a suspension of your driver’s license. A DUI will be on your record for so you really need to take action and enlist legal counsel.

If you decide you should fight your DUI charge, USAttorneys urges you speak for a DUI lawyer in Hartford to decide on and build an effective defense strategy. You can count on the criminal defense attorneys at Melocowsky & Melocowsky to pursue defense strategies that will make it possible for you to avoid a DUI conviction. Let us connect you with their Hartford office today and you can set up a consultation.

Don’t settle for a DUI conviction when you can fight it and avoid the charge altogether. There are a number of defenses that will help you avoid the troublesome penalties of a DUI conviction. The knowledgeable attorneys at Melocowsky & Melocowsky work hard for people they represent. They will thoroughly examine the details of your arrest and explore every avenue in order to provide you with a rigorous defense.