Under current Florida law, hit and run is considered a serious crime with stiff penalties. If you leave the scene of an accident in Florida, chances are high that you will be charged with a crime and find yourself in need of expert legal representation. Here is what Florida law says about this crime.

After a Crash

When you are involved in a car accident, you have a duty to stop and exchange information with the other party. You must give at least your name, address and registration. You may also be asked to show your license. If the other vehicle’s owner cannot be found, you are supposed to leave the information where the owner can find it.

If the other person involved in the crash is injured, you are to give reasonable aid and call emergency services. You are not allowed to leave the scene. If there was only minor damage, you will be issued a traffic citation. If there was major damage or injury, you could be criminally charged if you choose to drive away.

Possible Penalties

If you fail to stop after an accident that involves property damage, you could be charged with a misdemeanor of the 2nd-degree. This level of crime is punishable by fines up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.

If your accident resulted in an injury, you could face felony charges. Your sentence could reach up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. You may also lose your driver’s license and be responsible for paying restitution.

You Need a Lawyer

As you can see, if you leave an accident, no matter the reason, you can face serious consequences. It’s important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible and begin putting together your defense. You, of course, want to avoid jail time and a criminal record.

If you have been involved in an accident in Orlando or the surrounding area and charged with a crime, call our office. A member of our team will review the details of your accident and your charge and advise you of your options at no cost to you. Call now for assistance or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.

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