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LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT

Under Florida Statute 316.061(1), "[t]he driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such crash or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to, and in every event shall remain at, the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062." Florida Statute 316.062 requires drivers involved in a crash to exchange basic information to the other driver and render aid / provide "reasonable assistance" to any parties injured in the accident.

Florida Statute 316.063 requires that "the driver of any vehicle which collides with, or is involved in a crash with, any vehicle or other property which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property, shall immediately stop and shall then and there either locate and notify the operator or owner of the vehicle or other property of the driver’s name and address and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving, or shall attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on the vehicle or other property a written notice giving the driver’s name and address and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving, and shall without unnecessary delay notify the nearest office of a duly authorized police authority." The charge of "Leaving the Scene," under 316.061(1) or 316.063, is a Second Degree Misdemeanor.

Why Hire An Attorney to Fight Your Charge?
This offense is also known as "hit and run", a serious criminal traffic charge. As a criminal charge, there is a possibility of jail time, probation, community service, restitution, driving school, fine, and/or court costs. It is very important that you retain counsel in a timely manner so that your case can be thoroughly investigated. If you are convicted of this offense, you will receive SIX POINTS on your driving record.

If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury or death, you will be facing significantly harsher penalties, as this charge is a FELONY. This charge could result in imprisonment (more than one year), license revocation, points on your license, probation, restitution, fine, and/or court costs. A thorough investigation of the accident is necessary to expose any possible weaknesses in the State's case against you.

When I defend these cases, my goal is to get the charge dismissed or reduced to a non-criminal offense, which would not result in points being assessed to your driving record. Call my office to schedule a free consultation (727) 260-5754 - Tampa Traffic Attorney David Gilbert.

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