Leaving the Scene with Injury

When a person violates Florida Statute § 316.062, the state law establishes a motorist’s duty to give information and render aid, a case involving property damage is typically a misdemeanor. When a “hit and run” crash results in a person suffering an injury, the alleged offender can face felony charges.

The degree of felony offense will depend on the severity of the injuries that a person sustained. Even when an injury is not considered serious, felony leaving the scene charges still carry severe penalties that can include lengthy imprisonment, large fines, and loss of driving privileges.

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Were you arrested or do you think that you might be under investigation for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury to another person in South Florida? Do not say anything to authorities until you are able to contact Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

Our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers aggressively defend clients accused of traffic crimes in communities all over South Florida, such as West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, Greenacres, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, and many others. Call (561) 557-8686 today to have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free initial consultation.


Overview of Leaving the Scene with Injury in Palm Beach County


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Leaving the Scene with Injury Charges in Florida

All drivers of vehicles involved in crashes occurring on public or private property resulting in injury to a person are required under Florida Statute § 316.027 to immediately stop at the scenes of the crashes or as close thereto as possible and remain until they have fulfilled the requirements of Florida Statute § 316.062. When a crash results in an injury to a person other than serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of the accident is a third-degree felony under Florida Statute § 316.027(2)(a).

Florida Statute § 316.027(1)(a) defines a serious bodily injury as “an injury to a person, including the driver, which consists of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ.”


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Leaving the Scene with Injury Penalties in Florida

When a person is convicted of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in an injury other than a serious bodily injury, a third-degree felony can result in the following sentence:

  • Up to five years in prison
  • Fine of up to $5,000

Florida Statute § 316.027(2)(e) also stipulates that a person who violates Florida Statute § 316.027(2)(a) will have his or her driver license revoked for at least three years.


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Palm Beach County Leaving the Scene with Injury Resources

Florida Statute § 316.027 — View the full text of the Florida state law covering crashes involving death or personal injuries. Read about definitions, violations, and penalties. You can also find information about driving privileges.

Williams v. State, 732 So. 2d 431 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999) — Dwayne A. Williams was convicted of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid driver's license. The Second District Court of Appeal affirmed all of these convictions except the conviction for leaving the scene of an accident with injuries after concluding “that to convict him of both leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury constitutes double jeopardy.” The Court of Appeal concluded that an injury offense is a necessarily lesser-included offense of the accident involving a death offense and that only one conviction is permissible when a defendant leaves the scene of a single accident.


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Find a Leaving the Scene with Injury Defense Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

If you believe that you could be under investigation or you were already arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a crash resulting in injury to another person, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents individuals in communities throughout Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.

Our criminal defense attorneys in Fort Lauderdale will work tirelessly to help you achieve the most favorable outcome that results in the fewest possible consequences. You can have our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (561) 557-8686 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


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