Florida Charges For Leaving The Scene Of An Accident
JUPITER — A Jupiter Farms woman was being held without bail Thursday after she was accused of punching the 77-year-old driver of a truck into which she allegedly plowed her car. The man said the car’s driver, later identified as Skurnik, got out of her car, walked over to his truck and began to punch him on the left side of his face, according to the arrest report. Skurnik also either bit or scratched his left arm, he said.
After the attack, Skurnik drove away. One of two witnesses told police “the blue car accelerated and crashed into the left side of the pickup.” The second witness said she saw the blue car “pull forward in a deliberate attempt to ram the pickup.”
A North Palm Beach officer spotted Skurnik as she was driving southbound on U.S. 1. She was ticketed for driving with a revoked driver’s license, the report said. She was then arrested by Jupiter police.
She faces charges of assault on a person over 65 years of age, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary with assault or battery, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage (full story)
If you were charged with aggravated battery, it is important to contact a lawyer that understands the seriousness of the charge and knows how to defend against it. At Andrew D. Stine, P.A., we have extensive experience representing people charged with aggravated assault and battery. In Florida criminal law, a motive to hurt another individual is a major factor in the prosecution’s case. If you had no motive to seriously injure another person, the charges can be reduced or dropped. Attorney Andrew Stine has handled many aggravated battery and assault cases.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
The modern offense of Leaving the Scene of an Accident has been taken seriously by the Florida Legislature and can result in considerable consequences. Such potential penalties entail fines and driver’s license ramifications. A conviction for a leaving the scene of an accident offense that causes any property damage will automatically add 6 points to your driver’s license, something that could cause a serious insurance premium increase. In addition, such conduct is treated and prosecuted as a criminal offense.
Three Types of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Charges in Florida
Damaging an Unattended Vehicle or Property (Florida Statue 316.063)
A driver who hits unattended property has the duty to make an effort to locate the owner of the damaged property. If the owner cannot be found, the driver should visibly leave a note indicating his name, address and registration information. Furthermore, the driver is also required by law to contact law enforcement and notify them of the accident. Failure to comply with this statute results in a misdemeanor of the second degree. This violation can carry up to 60 days imprisonment and up to a $500 fine. Read Florida Stat. 316.063.
Accidents Involving Occupied Vehicles or Attended Property (Florida Statute 316.061)
A driver who crashes into an occupied vehicle or attended property that results only in property damage is required to remain at the scene of the accident until he completes his statutory duties. These duties include exchanging pertinent information such as name, address and registration, presenting a driver’s license, and notifying law enforcement of the accident. A driver who violates this statute has committed a misdemeanor of the second degree. This violation can result in up to 60 days imprisonment and up to a $500 fine. Read Florida Stat 316.061.
Accidents Causing Death or Personal Injury (Florida Statute 361.027)
A driver who is involved in an accident that causes any personal injury must remain at the scene of the accident until completing his statutory duties. These duties also include exchanging pertinent information, presenting a driver’s license, notifying law enforcement, and providing reasonable aid to the injured party. A willful violation of this statute results in a felony of the third degree. A third degree felony carries an imprisonment term of up to 5 years, and a possible fine of up to $5,000. Learn more about the impact of a felony conviction.
If the accident results in a death of any person and the driver willfully fails to comply with this statute, the driver has committed a felony of the first degree. A first degree felony carries a term of imprisonment of up to 30 years, and a fine of up to $10,000. Read Florida Stat. 361.027.