Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The law in the State of Florida pertaining to the duty to remain and render aid, if necessary, at the scene of an accident is extremely strict and violations can be costly. Under Florida Statute 316.027, if someone involved in an accident where another person is injured it is a felony of the third degree not to stop and render aid or provide information as required by Florida Statute 316.062.

If someone is involved in a crash that results in death and fails to remain at the scene and provide information as required by Florida Statute 316.062 it is a felony of the first degree and punishable by a maximum term of thirty years in the state prison and a ten thousand dollar fine. If a person that violates this section is also driving under the influence as set forth in Florida Statute 316.193, the law requires a minimum mandatory prison sentence of two years in the state prison.

These penalties are in addition to the requirement that the person convicted must also be ordered to pay restitution as a condition of probation. The statute also authorizes the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to revoke the drivers license of anyone convicted under this section.

Florida Statute 316.062 requires anyone involved in an accident to remain at the scene and provide their name, address and vehicle registration. Upon request a drivers license must also be exhibited. The person must also render to any person injured in the crash reasonable assistance, including the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary.

Needless to say, that in Florida an accusation of leaving the scene of an accident can have far reaching and devastating consequences. Especially, if someone involved is injured or deceased.

Mr. Canet, as a criminal defense attorney in Florida, whose law practice heavily emphasizes representation of those accused of this type criminal offense has the credentials and experience to effectively and adequately provide the protection and needed and obtain the desired result.

Mr. Canet has successfully defended against these prosecutions in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County, as well as other jurisdictions throughout the State of Florida.

Florida Statute 316.061 Crashes involving damage to vehicle or property
Florida Statute 316.062 Duty to give information and render aid