Hit and Run Accident Lawyer
Accused of leaving the scene of an accident?
Leaving the scene of an accident, also referred to as "hit and run," is a serious criminal offense in Florida. Under state law, a driver may face imprisonment in county jail or state prison, fines, probation and driver's license suspension for a violation of this nature. Specific penalties will vary depending upon the amount of damage the accident caused. If property damage was the only effect of the accident, the penalties will be less severe. If someone was injured, the penalties will be more extreme.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami criminal defense attorneys are highly experienced in representing clients facing hit and run charges. Being accused of leaving the scene of an accident is a serious situation that should be addressed by a lawyer as soon as possible. That is why we offer a free consultation to discuss your legal matter and determine how we can help. Our skilled lawyers represent clients throughout all of Miami-Dade County in Florida.
Charges and Penalties in Florida
If a driver is involved in an auto accident he or she must stop and exchange contact information and provide medical assistance. The failure to do so is a criminal offense which may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the particular case.
- Leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage: second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in county jail and a fine of up to $500.
- Leaving the scene of an accident causing injury: third-degree felony offense, punishable by up to 5 years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Leaving the scene of an accident causing death: first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Your future and freedom are at risk in the face of criminal charges involving leaving the scene of an accident. Fortunately, a Miami criminal defense lawyer at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. can offer you the dedicated legal guidance that you need and the aggressive representation you deserve in order to fight these charges.