Boynton Beach Hit and Run Lawyer

Florida law requires drivers to stop at the scene of an accident to exchange information and assist when someone is injured. Failing to do so can result in fines, prison time, probation, and a criminal record.

If you have been charged with a Florida hit and run, contact an experienced Boynton Beach hit and run lawyer to find out how they can help.  A skilled criminal defense attorney could work to pursue the best possible outcome for you.

Florida Imposes a Statutory Duty to Stop and Help

Florida imposes a statutory duty on motorists involved in an accident to stop – and possibly help. According to Florida Statutes Code Sec. 316-061 et. seq., leaving the scene of an accident is defined as the failure of a driver to remain at the scene of an accident and help if the accident involves death, bodily injury, or property damage.

Under Florida law, determining what type of statutory duty applies will depend on whether the accident involved property damage or bodily injury or death:

Accidents Involving Property Damage

For accidents involving property damage only, drivers must:

  • Stop their vehicle at the scene of the accident – or as close as possible
  • Notify the operator or owner of the vehicle or other property of their name, address, and registration number
  • Exhibit their driver’s license, if requested
  • Provide license, registration, address, and other information to police

When the damaged vehicle is unattended, the person must either locate the property owner or attach a written notice giving their name and address and the registration number of the vehicle they are driving. They must also notify the police at the nearest police department.

Accidents Involving Bodily Injury or Death.

For accidents involving bodily injury or death, drivers must:

  • Stop their vehicle at the scene of the accident – or as close as possible
  • Notify the operator or owner of the vehicle or other property of their name, address, and registration number
  • Exhibit their driver’s license, if requested
  • Provide license, registration, address, and other information to police

In these situations, drivers must offer reasonable assistance to those who require – or ask for – medical assistance. Anyone who cannot offer assistance must make sure they notify police, call 911, or ask another motorist to help.

Hit and Run Conviction Consequences

Florida hit and run convictions can result in significant fines and prison time depending on whether the accident involved property damage, bodily injury or death. Accidents which resulted in property damage are generally classified as second-degree misdemeanors which can result in serving up to 60 days in prison and paying a $500 fine.

Accidents which resulted in personal injuries are generally classified as third-degree felonies which can result in serving up to five years in prison or paying $5,000 in fines and serving five years of probation. Accidents which resulted in the death of another are generally classified as first-degree felonies which can result in serving up to 30 years in prison and paying a $10,000 fine.

In addition, hit and run accidents in which someone was driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs can result in serving two years in prison, license revocation, and fines. A Boynton Beach hit and run lawyer could work to mitigate the penalties that and an individual may face.

Consulting a Boynton Beach Hit and Run Accident Attorney

If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, it is important to understand that convictions can have serious consequences. Call an experienced Boynton Beach hit and run lawyer to find out how they can help.

Everyone makes mistakes –, especially under extenuating circumstances. That is where an attorney can help the most. Call today for a free consultation to find out what legal options are available to you.

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