Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Hit and Run
Leaving the scene of an accident (“hit and run”) is a serious criminal offense in Florida that should be addressed by a lawyer as soon as possible.
The crime of Leaving the Scene of an Accident occurs if,
- You are involved in an accident or crash with another person’s property; such as a vehicle, building, or structure; and
- You willfully leave the scene of the accident or crash without providing your name, address, registration information, and driver’s license to the owner of the property.
If the owner of the property is not present to receive your information or cannot be readily located, you are required to report the accident or crash to the nearest law enforcement agency and provide your name, address, registration information, and driver’s license.
Pursuant to Florida law, a person charged with leaving the scene of an accident may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the particular case.
- Leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage: second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in county jail and a fine of up to $500.
- Leaving the scene of an accident causing injury: third degree felony offense, punishable by up to 5 years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Leaving the scene of an accident causing death: first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
In many of these cases, a person is contact by law enforcement well after an accident occurs either by a law enforcement officer in person or via a letter sent to their home. In either situation, law enforcement makes it clear that they want to speak with the person regarding an accident that they were involved in. It is important to consult with an experienced attorney prior to speaking to any law enforcement. A lawyer is always best suited to speak with law enforcement on your behalf.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident charge are extremely serious in nature which is why having an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney is important. For more information about your rights and possible defenses in these cases, please call The Law Offices of David J. Sobel P.A. at 954-383-3000 and speak directly with Mr. Sobel 24/7.