LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT

Under Florida Statute 316.061, the crime of Leaving the Scene of an Accident is committed when a person is involved in a crash and willfully leaves the scene without providing the required information.

Statutory Duties: Property Damage (316.061-316.063)

  • Immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash or as close thereto as possible;

  • Provide your name, address, registration number of the vehicle;

  • Show license upon request;

If the property damaged is unattended, you must either locate the owner or leave note with all the information and notify police.

Statutory Duties: Bodily Injury or Death (316.062-316.027)

  • Immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash or as close thereto as possible;

  • Provide your name, address, registration number of the vehicle;

  • Show license upon request;

  • Render “reasonable assistance”

PENALTIES

The penalties available for Leaving the Scene of an Accident will depend on the damage caused or the type of injury sustained.

  • Accident involving injury = 3rd degree felony

  • Accident involving death = 1st degree felony

  • Accident involving property = 2nd degree misdemeanor

DEFENSES

Different defenses are available depending on the facts of the case.

In all leaving the scene of an accident cases, the hiring of an attorney is a critically important step to minimize or avoid potential penalties. The investigative stage of the case, before charges are filed, can be critical to the determination of the type of charges brought.


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