Fleeing The Scene Of An Accident Is Illegal
In Florida, if you are involved in a vehicle accident resulting in property damage, you are required to report the damage to the owner and provide your contact information, or if the owner is not present, report it to a law enforcement agency. If a person is injured in a vehicle accident, you are also required to stop, provide your contact information and assist the injured party. Failing to stop after getting in a car accident is illegal and can have serious consequences in Florida.
A Conviction May Result In Serious Prison Time
Anyone accused of leaving the scene of an accident where property damage occurred could face up to 60 days in jail, six months of probation and a fine up to $500. When another person is injured in an accident, individuals accused of fleeing the scene could face felony charges, which could lead to up to five years in jail, five years of probation and a fine of up to $5,000. If the person has a serious injury or was killed, a person who allegedly left the scene will be charged with a second- or first-degree felony. A conviction could include a mandatory minimum sentence, which means the judge must sentence you to time in prison. A first-degree felony conviction could include a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
An Attorney Who Understands The Complex Nature Of Each Case
Facing such serious charges may seem hopeless. In his over 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Marco Quesada has defended Miami residents facing many kinds of criminal charges. Marco understands a case might not be as simple as it first appears. He conducts a thorough investigation to examine your case from all angles. Perhaps there is something the police officers or prosecution missed. Or maybe there was an error made by a witness.
After the facts of the case are established, Marco works with you personally to decide how best to move forward. He is an experienced trial attorney, so he can represent your interests skillfully in court. You may prefer to settle your case out of the courtroom. Attorney Quesada is equally comfortable negotiating settlements for his clients. He wants you to get the best possible resolution, no matter what charges you are facing.