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Hit and Run Penalties After The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Hit and Run Penalties After The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Recently making news in Palm Beach County, FL has been the increase in “hit and run” news stories. Because of the increase in hit and run cases throughout Palm Beach County, FL; the Florida Department of Highway Patrol is pushing a new campaign to educate drivers on the seriousness of hit and run criminal cases. Florida Highway Patrol has announced, in many local news conferences, that the new law regarding hit and run drivers, carries new stiffer sentences. As a matter of fact, if a hit and run driver kills someone in a crash and is later found guilty or pleads guilty to the hit and run causing death, the hit and run driver now faces a minimum mandatory prison sentence of four (4) years behind bars.  Florida’s new law… […]

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Hit and Run DUI Accidents and Consequences

Hit and Run DUI Accidents and Consequences

A Wellington woman is accused of a hit and run DUI accident that occurred on January 17, 2014. According to Palm Beach County Sherriff’s arrest report, Jennifer Sorgie, who was driving a black Dodge SUV with almost double the legal BAC limit, plowed down a person and kept driving. Authorities found the accused woman in a parking lot, sitting in a driver’s seat with the engine still running, with extensive front end damage and a blown front driver’s side tire. Lake Worth deputies later connected Dodge SUV to a pedestrian hit and run crash with serious injuries.  When questioned, Jennifer Sorgie reported the amount of alcohol she drank and said that she remembers hitting a vehicle but not a person. She was not able to explain why she left the… […]

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Florida Charges For Leaving The Scene Of An Accident

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… […]

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Hit and Run in Florida

Hit and Run in Florida

Have you ever been in a car accident? If so, then you understand how complicated things can be afterwards. To make matters more complicated, a hit and run is a serious crime in the state of Florida. Generally the extent of the charges depend on the amount of damage inflicted on the victim during the accident. Regardless, if you are caught, you will be charged with anything from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree felony. If you have caused an accident and fled the scene, immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer to discuss what you can do about this situation. Hit and Run Penalties in Florida For a car accident in the state of Florida, you are required by law to stop and exchange your contact information. If someone has… […]

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How Serious is a Hit and Run?

How Serious is a Hit and Run?

Many 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… […]

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