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Leaving the Scene of an Accident | Miami Hit and Run Accidents

One of the most common traffic crimes is leaving the scene of an accident (LSA). An LSA is commonly called a hit and run accident and the penalties can range from a second degree misdemeanor to a felony. A felony LSA charge means that a person has been injured or killed. A misdemeanor charge means that only property damage occurred. In Florida, leaving the scene of an accident is classified and punished as follows:

  • Leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage: second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in county jail and a fine of up to $500.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident causing injury: third degree felony offense, punishable by up to 5 years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident causing death: first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Possible Defenses & Result

One of the most common defenses is that you were not aware that you were involved in the accident. Many times an experienced attorney can get this charge reduced from a criminal leaving the scene of an accident to a traffic citation of failing to report an accident. Additionally your attorney can set the case for trial and determine who the other driver was and, if they appear in court, can talk to that driver and determine if the driver can properly describe your vehicle. If he or she can't then the charge will get dismissed. Also if they fail to appear at trial the charge can also get dismissed as long as there are no other independent witnesses to the accident.

If you have been involved in an accident and left the scene, you are at risk of facing criminal charges. Attorney Antonio Jimenez has extensive experience both prosecuting and defending persons charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Contact him today for a free consultation about your case.