Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Florida

January 28, 2010

In recent years the Florida legislature has increased the sanctions associated with Leaving the Scene of an Accident. In some instances, conduct that was once only a misdemeanor crime has now become a felony. In addition to possible incarceration, your diver’s license may also be suspended or revoked under the statute designating the crime of Leaving the Scene of an Accident or as a Habitual Traffic Offender.

• A driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property damage who leaves the scene, if convicted faces up to $500 fine and/or 60 days in jail.

• A driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in the injury of any person who leaves the scene, if convicted faces a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a revocation of their driver’s license.

• A driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in the death of any person who leaves the scene, if convicted faces a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a revocation of their driver’s license.

However, a thorough investigation of the facts of your case by a CLEARWATER CRIMINAL TRAFFIC OFFENSES ATTORNEY may reveal defenses or deficiencies in the state’s case. The evidence may show that the state is unable to prove that you were the driver of the automobile. The evidence may show that the state cannot prove that you were aware that you caused damage to property or injury to a person. Were statements obtained during the crash investigation for which the Accident Report Privilege applies?

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