Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Hit & Runs
When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident that has resulted in property damage, injuries or fatalities, you have a legal responsibility to remain at the scene. You are also required to provide your name, address, driver's license information, vehicle registration number and other pertinent data to the other driver, in addition to notifying law enforcement that an accident has occurred. In accidents involving injuries or fatalities, you are also expected to provide any aid that is needed. If you hit an unoccupied vehicle, you must make an effort to find the driver or leave a note on the vehicle with your contact information. Any person that is involved in an accident that does not fulfill their legal duties and obligations can be charged with the criminal offense of leaving the scene, also called "hit and run."
Many times witnesses to a vehicle will provide law enforcement with a license plate number and other identifying information of a driver that leaves an accident scene. This can result in a police search for your vehicle, and even a warrant for your arrest. If you have left the scene of an accident, it is extremely important that you contact a West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney for immediate representation and legal advice. A West Palm Beach criminal lawyer will know how best to address the situation and any potential legal consequences of your actions.
Avoid Penalties with the Help of a Criminal Attorney in West Palm Beach
The Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr. is a knowledgeable criminal defense firm that will provide legal assistance and advocacy if you have left the scene of an accident, or have been arrested for committing this serious crime. My name is Phillip Ridolfo, Jr. and I am a former prosecutor that personally represents and manages my clients' cases. Leaving the scene can result in penalties such as:
- Jail time
- Victim restitution
- Public service
- Driver's license suspension
- Vehicle impoundment
I will work tirelessly when fighting to protect your rights and freedom. I care about the outcome of my clients' legal situation, and will do all I can to help you avoid a conviction.