A hit and run, also known as leaving the scene of an accident (LSA) is normally a second-degree misdemeanor in the State of Florida, unless serious bodily injury or death results. Many hit and runs occur because the driver panics. Maybe the damage was minor or maybe the car was unattended. Either way, Florida law requires you to remain at the scene of an accident, or if the other vehicle is unattended, leave a note with your name, phone number, and insurance information.
If eyewitnesses cannot provide a license plate number, police will look to other means of identification, such as red-light cameras or other forms of video surveillance. Since the plate number is usually how police officers locate the suspect’s vehicle, it is possible to be an LSA suspect even if you weren't the driver. Perhaps you lent out your car and someone else was driving it at the time.
This is why it is important to retain a South Florida criminal defense attorney immediately upon learning that your car was involved in a hit and run. Call us today at (888) 900-0365.
Police may attempt to visit you at home or send you a letter in the mail. If the hit and run just involves minor property damage, expect to receive a letter in the mail from the investigating police department within 5 -7 days of the accident. The moment you receive the letter is the moment that you should seriously consider retaining a South Florida hit and run lawyer.
You are under investigation for a crime and any statement that you give to police will be used as evidence against you. If the accident involved death or serious bodily injury, expect for an arrest warrant to be issued. Penalties for hit and run can range from fines and traffic school to mandatory state prison time.
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense and the penalties and consequences can be further heightened if there are deaths or injuries involved in the accident. Taking this into account, retaining a lawyer is the most sensible thing you can do for yourself and your future if you find yourself in such a situation.
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