Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run)
Anytime you are involved in an accident, you are required by law to remain at the scene and await the arrival of law enforcement. If you leave the scene, even if the accident was not your fault, you can be charged with a felony, and be sentenced to years behind bars. When facing these charges, hiring an experienced traffic crimes attorney is the best course of action for individuals seeking to avoid jail time.
West Palm Beach Leaving the Scene of an Accident Lawyer
Andrew D. Stine serves individuals who are facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident in Tequesta, Palm Springs, West Palm Beach, Pahokee, North Palm Beach, Lantana, and the surrounding areas. Attorney Stine has a strong track record in and out of the courtroom, and has served over 5,000 clients throughout the state of Florida.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 and set up a consultation on your hit and run charges. Your consultation is free and is an essential part of planning your defense strategy.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident in West Palm Beach
Fla. Stat. § 316.027 states that any individual involved in an accident that resulted in property damage or injuries to another person, has a duty to give information and render aid. The information that must be provided in order to be in compliance with Fla. Stat. § 316.062 includes:
- Vehicle registration number
- Driver’s License
This information must be provided to the other driver as well as the police officer on the scene of the accident. A person who leaves the scene of the accident without performing the duties mentioned above, is guilty of a third degree felony, which is punishable by up to a five year prison sentence and/or a up to a $5,000 fine.
If a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol leaves the scene of an accident, he or she faces a mandatory prison sentence of at least two years, along with a license revocation.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death
Individuals involved in accidents that lead to a death are legally responsible for providing reasonable aid or assistance, as well as providing their information to law enforcement. If a driver leaves the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of another person, he or she has committed a first degree felony. This offense carries a potential punishment of up to a 30 year prison sentence, and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
Andrew D. Stine, P.A. | Palm Beach County Hit and Run Attorney
If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in Wellington, West Palm Beach, Rivera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Park, or the surrounding areas, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Attorney Stine takes the time necessary to understand the client’s needs and wishes. With the client’s goal in mind, he prepares the case to suit their intended results. All cases are prepared for either trial or a negotiated plea bargain. If the client desires a trial, the preparatory road is set, so that a phenomenal result can be achieved.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 to set up a consultation on your hit and run allegations. Your initial consultation is free, and it is the necessary first step in establishing a defense against these allegations.