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How Serious is a Hit and Run?

car-accident_180x120-150x116Many crimes are reported after irresponsible people get behind the wheel. Driving related accidents involving alcohol, drugs, or simply running from the law have very serious consequences. In this case, a man driving without a license hit an Iraq War veteran and killed him.

According to WPTV News, Sergio Herrera Pena pleaded guilty to driving without a license and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Investigators say he was in the U.S. illegally when he hit, then ran over 28-year-old Iraq War veteran Joseph Williams on his motorcycle on Boynton Beach Road. in February of 2010.

Pena’s attorney, Michael Silver explained, “Police drove about a block and he was waiting right there for them. It wasn’t willful leaving the scene of an accident, the issue was that Mr. Herrera Pena did not have a license.”

Pena will have to wait until Thursday to learn his sentence for taking the life of a hero who served in both Kosovo and Iraq.

Pena could face a maximum of 35 years behind bars. His attorney said he will be deported to Mexico after he serves his sentence.

Florida Hit and Run Laws

According to the Florida statutes, if you are involved in an accident that causes any kind of damage, whether it’s personal injury or property damage, you are legally required to stop and exchange information (Duty to Give Information and Render Aid). If you fail to do so, you will be absolutely issued a ticket or maybe even criminal charges if there is serious property damages or personal injuries.

If someone was injured in the accident and you left the scene, you will be facing a 3rd degree felony charge potentially facing 15 years in prison and around $10,000 in fines and other things like restitution. Your license will also be revoked.

Hit and Run Criminal Defense

If you have ever been charged with a hit and run, especially if you left the scene of the accident, you need to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer that will understand the difficult position you’re in. Only a criminal defense lawyer will be able to understand why you made the decisions you did. Make the smartest decision you can in this situation, and contact a criminal defense lawyer.

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