Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Fort Lauderdale
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Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious legal matter. This offense, also called a "hit and run" can result in very stiff penalties if you are convicted. An individual is required by Florida law to stay at the scene of an accident if they have somehow been involved—whether or not they have caused the accident and/or are at fault.
If you are later arrested and charged, you may spend time in jail or prison and be forced to pay expensive fines. If the accident only caused property damage, the penalties will likely be less than if injuries were sustained in the accident.
Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Florida
Leaving the scene is a very serious criminal charge and has several levels of penalties, based on the accident and the outcome.
These penalties include:
- Up to 60 days in jail
- $500 fine
If there was an injury in the accident, and you are charged with leaving the scene, the charge becomes much more serious.
Penalties for a hit and run with injury are as follows:
- Third-degree felony charge
- Up to 5 years in prison
- Up to $5, 000 in fines
If a death occurred as a result of the hit and run accident, these are the following penalties:
- First-degree felony charge
- Up to 30 years in state prison
- Fines up to $10, 000
It is a legal requirement that if you are involved in a vehicle accident, that you stop and exchange contact information, insurance information and get medical assistance for any injured individuals. If you fail to do so, you will be sought out by law enforcement, and when caught, charges of leaving the scene of an accident will most likely be the result. This is a very serious legal problem, and it is critical that you contact a Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney if you are facing this situation.
How to Defend Against a Hit and Run Charge
If you are seeking to get a hit and run charge reduced or dropped, your first step is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our firm can help you understand what to expect in your specific case and how to fight for your freedom.
Do not wait to seek legal counsel! Call Hager & Schwartz, P.A. to obtain immediate defense if you are facing a hit and run charge.