Leaving the Scene of an Accident

In Jacksonville, Florida, Leaving the Scene of an Accident usually involves damage to another person or property.  Under Florida Statute Section 316.061, a criminal defendant commits Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle or Property occurred if:

  1. the defendant drove a vehicle involved in an accident that resulted in damage to another person’s property, and
  2. the defendant did not stop and remain at the scene to give information and/or render aid.  

In Jacksonville, Florida, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle or Property is a second degree misdemeanor, so it is punishable by up to 60 days in jail.

Under Florida Statute Section 316.027(1), a criminal defendant commits Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death or Injury if:

  1. The defendant drove a vehicle involved in an accident that resulted in injury or death.
  2. The defendant knew or should have known that he or she was involved in an accident and that death or injury occurred.
  3. The defendant did not stop and remain at the scene to give information and/or render aid.

In Jacksonville, Florida, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death or Injury is a felony.  If the accident results in injury to a person, the crime is a third degree felony.  If the accident results in death of a person, the crime is a first degree felony.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident is a crime that can lead to incarceration and affect your criminal record and Florida driving record.  If you have been charged with the crime of Leaving the Scene of an accident, speak with a Jacksonville Leaving the Scene of an Accident Attorney.  A Jacksonville Leaving the Scene of an Accident Lawyer will investigate your case and represent you to the fullest.  Contact our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers by email or by calling 904-685-1200.