Leaving the scene of an accident (also called hit-and-run) is a serious criminal traffic offense. A hit-and-run is defined as leaving the scene of an accident you were involved in without providing the other party with your name, address, registration and driver’s license information. Furthermore, if you were in an accident that resulted in death or injury to another, you must stop and give reasonable assistance to the person by making arrangements for medical care, in addition to providing your information. Failing to provide assistance after an accident you were involved in can mean being convicted of leaving the scene of an accident. If accused or charged with this offense, it is important you seek the counsel of a West Palm Beach hit and run lawyer as soon as possible to begin building a defense.
The penalties for leaving the scene of an accident include imprisonment, fines, having your driver’s license suspended, and/or probation. Your insurance premiums will also increase if you are convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.
The severity of the sentence depends on the particular accident and whether it resulted in injury or death to another person. For example, leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in county jail and a $500 fine. Leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury to another is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $5000. A hit-and-run that caused death to another person qualifies as a first-degree felony, punishable by 30 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Clearly, being convicted of leaving the scene of an accident has very serious consequences for your life and should therefore be handled only with the assistance of a West Palm Beach hit and run attorney.
If you were charged with a hit-and-run, it is imperative to have the most qualified Palm Beach County hit and run attorney possible to represent you and make sure your rights are protected. A good attorney can help you present the facts and your side of the story, while making sure that your statements to law enforcement do not incriminate you in trial. An experienced West Palm Beach hit and run attorney can also help you get your charges dismissed, or look into alternative solutions such as record expungement or sealing.
If you were recently charged with leaving the scene of an accident, or another criminal traffic offense, please contact the firm of Leifert & Leifert to set up a consultation with a Palm Beach County leaving the scene of an accident attorney. An attorney can help you get your sentence reduced or your charges dismissed. At Leifert & Leifert, we are former prosecutors serving the areas of Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dale County. Our experience as prosecutors gives us the tools we need to effectively handle your hit and run case.