Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Florida – Florida Hit and Run

If an individual is involved in an automobile accident, no matter how small, it is their civic duty to stay on scene and provide the necessary information to the other people involved in the accident. If a driver leaves the scene of an accident, it is considered a criminal offense and the individual will be facing several penalties. It is a driver’s obligation to provide the other persons involved with their name, address, and insurance information. In addition, it is also the individual’s obligation to access urgent healthcare for individuals who may be injured due to the accident.

Penalties Associated with Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The severity of the accident impacts the severity of the penalties that will be charged to the individual who fled the scene. The penalties for leaving the scene of an accident in Florida are typically as follows:

Leaving the Scene of an Accident involving only Property Damage

  • Up to 60 days in jail
  • Up to a $500 fine
  • Up to six months of probation

Leaving the Scene of an Accident involving the Death of another Person

  • Third degree felony
  • Up to five years in prison
  • Up to five years of probation
  • Up to $5,000 in fines

Leaving the Scene of an Accident involving the Death of another Person

  • Up to 15 years in prison
  • Up to 15 years of probation
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

In addition, a person who fled the scene of an accident will have to cover all of the expenses that they owe in order to rectify the damages caused.

What to Do?

If an individual is charged with fleeing the scene of an accident it is best if they contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Accidents can be tricky situations because they typically occur suddenly which in return can cause unclear versions of what really happened. Before an individual speaks to law enforcement about the accident, especially if it is incriminating to the individual, they should consult with an attorney.

Tell us about your Case

If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, call Finebloom, Haenel& Higgins today and consult with us about your charges. We have over 30 years of experience fighting criminal traffic violations and we are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Set up a free consultation and learn about how we can represent you in your time of need. Call us today at 1-800-FIGHT-IT (1-800-344-4848).

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