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Leaving the Scene of an Accident

“Leaving the scene of an accident,” also known as a hit-and-run, is a legal term that refers to the act of a driver being involved in an accident with another vehicle, pedestrian, or property and then leaving the scene without providing contact information, assisting anyone who may be injured, or waiting for law enforcement to arrive. This action is illegal in many jurisdictions and can lead to serious legal consequences.

Typically, the law requires that if you are involved in an accident, you must stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. You should then check on the well-being of others involved, exchange contact and insurance information, and report the incident to the police if necessary (especially in cases of significant property damage, injury, or death).

The severity of the charges for leaving the scene of an accident can vary depending on factors like whether the accident resulted in property damage, injury, or death. These charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies, with penalties including fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment.

When it comes to traffic cases, our knowledgeable attorneys have decades of experience handling everything from speeding tickets to DUI Homicide. No matter your legal matter, we are here to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome in your case. We have been successful in getting charges reduced and even dropped; call today for your free consultation at 407-862-9222.

 

Stacked Charges

Depending on the merits of the case, you could face misdemeanor charges and points on your license or more serious charges such as First, Second, or even Third-degree felony charges. These are of course in addition to the original citations and charges you or a loved one face from the accident itself. It is a criminal offense to leave the scene of an accident. 

 

Leaving the Scene Involving Property Damage

This is a second-degree misdemeanor charge, and if convicted, a judge could impose the following penalties; 

  • Sixty days in jail 
  • Six-month probation
  • Up to a $500 fine

 

Leaving the Scene Involving Injury

This is a third-degree felony and if convicted a judge could impose the following penalties; 

  • Five years in prison
  • Five-year probation
  • Up to a $5,000 fine
  • 3-year revocation of driver’s license

 

Leaving the Scene Involving Serious Bodily Injury or Death

This is a second-degree felony. Serious bodily injury is defined by FL statute as an injury that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ. These convictions come with mandatory minimum penalties which include but are not limited to the following; 

  • Fifteen years in prison
  • Fifteen-year probation
  • Up to a $10,000 fine
  • 3-year revocation of driver’s license

 

Elements of the Case

To obtain a conviction, the prosecution must prove certain elements of the case beyond a reasonable doubt. With the right defense team on your side, this could be a difficult job for prosecution. We will challenge evidence, protect your rights, and assert your innocence. Our attorneys will build the right defense strategy for you and fight for the best outcome in your case. 

1 . They must prove YOU were the driver of the vehicle

2. They have to prove there was an accident with property damage, injury, or death. 

3. They have to prove the driver didn’t provide personal information or that the driver did not arrange for medical care for injured parties. 

 

Contact The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A. Today

If you receive a traffic citation of any kind, let our experienced and proven criminal traffic defense lawyers build your defense and assert your innocence in court. Our firm has represented thousands of clients who faced criminal traffic charges. In some cases, we have been able to have charges reduced and even dropped. To see if your case qualifies, call today for a FREE case evaluation at 407-862-9222

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