The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage – F.S. 316.192
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Accidents happen. In the panic of an accident, it may be possible that you are scared, and nervous, and flee the scene. This is a very bad idea, as the penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage can be severe.
When you are involved in an accident, where one or more parties are injured, it is required to alert an officer, and provide your personal information to them. In the event that you do not report an accident, it should be for one of these two reasons:
- You are unable to report it due to an injury.
- You were unaware than you were involved in an accident.
If you left the scene of an accident in which someone was injured, it must be proven that you were aware of the injury, or you cannot be convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.
There are different degrees of the crime, which all reflect the punishments. Leaving the scene of an accident with property damage is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury is a 3rd degree felony, and leaving the scene of an accident with a death is a 1st degree felony.
This is a very serious crime, and if you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, or more serious damage, it is necessary to contact a criminal lawyer immediately.
What situation would cause me to be accused of leaving the Scene of an Accident?
If you use a vehicle and purposely cause harm to a man or harm to property, and leave the spot of the episode without ceasing movement and giving your name, address, VIN and license number, to the harmed party or to a cop or to the closest police headquarters.
I have officially accepted guilt to Leaving the Scene of an Accident and taken care of fines.
In a few circumstances, a lawyer can document a movement to withdraw your guilty request and arrange a plea deal to have those tickets altered to non-moving infringement without any points on your license. Many judges won’t consent to withdraw a guilty plea if over thirty days has passed, or in the event that you were spoken to by a lawyer at the time of your guilt admission.
Can you get a hardship license, if you have a suspended license?
Our team can help you request change in the suspension in court and can give you data in regards to how to get a “Limited Driving Privilege” or “Hardship License” and get your license reestablished.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage in Palm Beach County (from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.
-Joshua LeRoy, Esq.
Criminal Defense Attorney Joshua LeRoy, Esq. is dedicated to providing his clients with personalized, honest, and aggressive representation in any and all areas of criminal law in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach & the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County in the State of Florida.
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