In the state of Florida, leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime under Florida Statute 316.061. It is a serious crime, and anyone who is charged with said crime should seek the legal assistance of a criminal lawyer in Fort Lauderdale as soon as possible.

Leaving a Scene of an Accident Defined

Also known as a ‘hit and run,’ leaving the scene of an accident occurs when someone is involved in an accident with another person’s property – a vehicle, a building or a structure – and willfully flees the scene of the accident or crash without providing the owner of the property with necessary information, including:

  • A name
  • An address
  • Registration information
  • A driver’s license

There are cases when an accident or crash occurs and the owner of the property that was damaged is not available. In these instances, the person who was responsible for the accident must report the accident to the police and provide pertinent information, including a name, an address, registration information and a driver’s license.

If an individual who is responsible for an accident or crash fails to do these things, he or she would be charged with fleeing the scene of an accident.

The Consequences for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The punishment for this crime varies and is dependent on whether the accident resulted in damage to property, caused personal injury, or resulted in death.

In the state of Florida, leaving the scene of an accident can be charged in one of the following ways:

  • Leaving the scene of an accident that involved property damage –This charge is punishable with up to 60 days in jail, 6 months of probation and/or a fine of $500
  • Leaving the scene of an accident that involved injury – This charge is punishable with up to 5 years in jail, 5 years of probation and/or a fine of up to $5,000
  • Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death – This charge is punishable with up to 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation and/or a fine of up to $10,000

If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in Florida, a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney can provide you with the legal assistance that you need. The Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. Criminal defense lawyers in Fort Lauderdale will represent your case and work toward achieving the best possible outcome for your situation. If you have been arrested, call our office now at (954) 256-1464.