(UPDATED APRIL, 2023)
If you have been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident in South Florida, you will want to immediately seek legal counsel. The experienced Delray Beach traffic lawyers at Bottari & Doyle can conduct a thorough investigation of your case and fight to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Our Hit and Run lawyers provide aggressive legal defense for clients throughout South Florida, including Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake Worth.
Hit and Run Lawyers serving Delray Beach
A person who leaves the scene of an accident, otherwise known as a “hit and run,” commits a crime when the driver is involved in an accident and leaves without following the proper procedure. A driver has a duty to give information and render aid in the following situations:
- A driver involved in a crash resulting in damage to an attended vehicle or property
- A driver involved in a crash resulting in injury to another person
- A driver involved in a crash resulting in the death of any person
Florida Statute 316.062 states: “The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall give: his or her name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving, and shall upon request and if available exhibit his or her license or permit to drive, to any person injured in the crash or to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in the crash and shall give such information and, upon request, exhibit such license or permit to any police officer at the scene of a crash or who is investigating the crash and shall render to any person injured in the crash reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.”
The driver has a duty to give the above information and render aid, when he or she is involved in a crash resulting in damage to an attended vehicle or attended property, or injury or death to another person.
What if the Hit and Run was with an unattended vehicle?
A driver of any vehicle involved in a crash with any unattended vehicle or property must follow the correct procedure, or he or she commits a crime. The person must: immediately stop, and either locate and notify the operator or owner of the vehicle or property by providing his name, address, and registration number, or the driver must attach a note in a conspicuous place on the vehicle or property with his name, address, and registration number and then promptly contact law enforcement.
Do I need a criminal defense lawyer for a Hit and Run?
Yes. The Delray Beach traffic lawyers at Bottari & Doyle can assess all possible scenarios and outcomes for your case, and we'll walk you through the options and give our honest recommendations so that you can make the best decision for you and your situation.
The penalties for a Hit and Run offense vary depending on the type of damage involved in the accident:
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Damage to an Attended Vehicle or Property: A driver who does not stop, return to the scene, and provide the necessary information or render aid as specified above, commits a second degree misdemeanor, punishably by up to 6 months of probation, 60 days in jail as a condition of probation, and a $500 fine.
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Damage to an Unattended Vehicle or Property: A driver who does not follow the requirements pursuant to 316.063 commits a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months of probation, 60 days in jail as a condition of probation, and a $500 fine.
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Injury to a Person: A driver who does not stop and remain at the scene and provide the necessary information or render aid as specified above, commits a third degree felony, punishably by up to 5 years of probation, 5 years in prison as a condition of probation and a $5,000 fine.
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death: A driver who does not stop and remain at the scene and provide the necessary information or render aid as specified above, commits a first degree felony, punishably by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Prosecutors take these types of crimes very seriously, and judges impose harsh punishments on offenders who are convicted of traffic crimes that make the jobs of police officers more difficult and result in injuries to innocent people. You do not a misdemeanor or felony arrest on your record – speak to the experienced Delray Beach criminal defense lawyers at Bottari & Doyle today to start building your defense.
Hit and Run Case Results
Case: Dan's client allegedly fled the scene after hitting a parked car in a parking lot. Afterwards, she was nervous and did not know what to do. Fortunately, she hired us and we quickly spoke to the state attorney's office. After negotiating with the state attorney's office, our client only had to pay a small fine, perform community service and take a driving class. The case was then dismissed resulting in no jail time or probation.
* Disclosure: This is a sample of Hit and Run cases that Dan Bottari has handled. You may not obtain the same results. Each case is factually different from any other case.
Contact a Delray Beach Hit and Run Lawyer at Bottari & Doyle
If you have been arrested or charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident, contact the Delray Beach traffic attorneys from Bottari & Doyle at (561)-588-2781 for a free case evaluation.