Arrested for or Accused of Leaving the Scene of an Accident?
Hit and run is a criminal offense that is committed when a person hits another vehicle with his or her vehicle and then leaves the scene of the accident without stopping. According to the law, anytime a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, he or she has the legal responsibility to stop his or her vehicle. The person must make sure that he or she did not cause bodily injury to other people or property damage. When people cause injuries or property damage, they must identify themselves to injured parties or property owners. If they choose to flee the scene of the accident without taking these steps, they can be charged with hit and run.
Often times, hit and run cases develop when a person hits a parked car and then drives off. The owner of the car that was hit will discover the damage to his or her vehicle and then call police. With these types of cases, the hit and run may be considered a lesser offense. In other hit and run cases, people will actually hit vehicles and cause catastrophic injuries to other people without stopping. With these cases, people can be charged with felonies because they endangered the lives of others.
After people have been charged with hit and run, numerous things can happen if they are convicted. First, they may be ordered to serve jail time, to pay fines or be placed on probation. Second, they may lose points on their drivers’ licenses or have their driving privileges suspended. Finally, their hit and run convictions will appear on their criminal records, which can lead to continual denied opportunities.
South Florida Hit and Run Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with hit and run in South Florida, you should set up a consultation with a skilled criminal lawyer. Orner Law, LLC is comprised of experienced criminal defense lawyers who have handled prior hit and run cases with much success.
With offices in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Orner Law, LLC represents criminal defendants throughout South Florida, including Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Contact a South Florida Hit and Run Defense Attorney at our law offices today.