Charged With Leaving The Scene Of An Accident In Florida?
A traffic accident is a frightening, confusing experience for everyone involved. In the chaos, you may have fled the scene – and now find yourself facing serious criminal charges. Fortunately, you don’t have to face them alone.
At The Rudman Law Group in Boca Raton, our award-winning criminal defense attorney can go to bat for you. Mr. Rudman is a former prosecutor, which means he knows how the opposition approaches these cases. He and his team will draw on their extensive legal experience in the criminal justice system to fight for your rights.
Breaking Down The Charges
Leaving the scene of an accident (also called a “hit-and-run”) can lead to various types of charges, depending on the situation. Florida law requires people who are involved in traffic accidents to:
- Call law enforcement immediately and wait at the scene for an officer to arrive and create a police report. If you make a mistake and leave the scene, call The Rudman Law Group right away. We may be able to create a positive remedy.
- Provide your contact and insurance information
- If someone is injured, call an ambulance, law enforcement or make other reasonable attempts to get them medical attention
These requirements apply whenever there is an accident resulting in property damage or injury.
How Serious Are Hit-And-Run Charges?
Hit-and-run charges can range from misdemeanors to serious felonies, depending on the circumstances. Leaving the scene that resulted in property damage only – and not injuries – is generally a misdemeanor. If someone was injured, you’re looking at a felony offense. Serious injuries and fatalities result in the harshest penalties.
A conviction for a hit-and-run could result in:
- Prison time
- A hefty fine
- Revocation of your driver’s license for at least three years
- A tarnished criminal record
Given the severity of these potential consequences, it’s important to work with a lawyer who knows how to build a strong defense against the charges from day one. You will find that at The Rudman Law Group. We are well-versed in the intricacies of Florida traffic law and criminal law, and we can put that knowledge to work for you in developing an effective strategy.
Get Help Fighting The Charges
To talk with someone at our firm about your charges involving leaving the scene of an accident, please send us an email or call 561-464-2615 (local) or 888-870-7457 (toll free). We are ready to start fighting for you against the serious potential fallout from these charges.