Broward County hit and run convictions can result in paying fines of up to $10,000, spending up to 30 years in prison, and having a criminal record which could affect employment, housing, and financial and government aid.
If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident against Florida law, contact an experienced Broward County hit and run lawyer to review the situation and determine what legal defenses might be available to you. Consult a capable criminal defense attorney and know that you are in good hands.
According to Florida Statutes Sections 316-061 et. seq., leaving the scene of an accident is defined as the failure of a driver to remain at the site of a vehicle crash and fulfill other statutory duties, when the crash at issue involves death, bodily injury, or property damage. Essentially, that means hitting someone’s car (or a person or other property) and leaving the scene without doing more.
Florida often requires someone to stop when an accident occurs and there is bodily injuries or damage to property. Known as a statutory duty – it requires someone to:
For accidents involving only property damage, drivers must either, locate the property owner, or attach a note which is securely in a conspicuous place in or on the vehicle giving their name and address and the registration number of the vehicle they are driving. Florida law requires drivers to notify the nearest police department as well.
For accidents involving potential bodily injury or death, Florida drivers must offer reasonable assistance – which essentially means making sure they are able to receive medical attention, either from the driver or by having the driver contact someone. Anytime an injured person cannot be moved, a driver must contact the police.
In order to prove the crime of hit and run (leaving the scene of an accident), the State must prove – beyond a reasonable doubt – that the accused:
A Broward County hit and run lawyer may be aware of numerous defenses to a hit and run charge which can result in having those charges dismissed or mitigated through a plea bargain, including misidentification, lack of knowledge, or showing that the driver acted as reasonably as possible under the circumstances.
Depending on the nature of the incident, the facts and circumstances surrounding it, and whether a victim died or suffered bodily injuries, Florida hit and run accidents can be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies.
While penalties vary, hit and run convictions can result in significant fines and prison time depending on the injuries sustained:
In addition, accidents which resulted from someone’s driving under the influence (DUI) or drugs or alcohol may result in spending two years in prison, paying significant fines, and being subject to driver’s license revocation.
If you have been charged with a hit and run, contact an experienced Broward County hit and run lawyer to review the situation and determine what legal defenses might be available to you. Do not let a lapse in judgment or a misunderstanding affect the rest of your life without consulting with an attorney first.
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