What Do I Need To Know About Leaving The Scene of an Accident?

I get it—the aftermath of a car accident can be a very crazy time and the intense rush of adrenaline that you experience only serves to heighten your emotions and reactions. Wanting to leave the scene of an accident for one reason or another is a normal reaction. Unfortunately, it is also an illegal reaction. If you have recently been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, you will want to get in touch with attorney Alan Fowler immediate to discuss the situation further.

So what exactly happens when you leave the scene of an accident? Here’s a look at some potential charges:

  • Arrest Warrant. If you left the scene of an accident and your vehicle, it will be pretty easy for the police to identify you based on your registration. If you left with your car, then the police will conduct an in-depth investigation to try to find you and more details about the accident. Either way, a warrant for your arrest will likely be issued and acted on.
  • Misdemeanor or Felony Charges. Hit-and-Run charges are taken very seriously, and whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the specifics of your accident and the nature of the injuries or damage. Even a misdemeanor conviction that caused minor damage to property and no injuries to other parties can carry heavy fines and potential jail time. As logic would have it, a felony Hit-and-Run conviction (for example, a Hit-and-Run when major injuries or a death was involved) will carry much steeper penalties.

The best advice when it comes to leaving the scene of an accident is not to do it. But if it is too late now, be sure to give Key West attorney Alan Fowler a call today. There are viable defenses to these serious charges and working with Alan can help reduce or eliminate them all together. As with any criminal issue, time is of the essence so be sure to call Alan to set up your free consultation today. I look forward to working with you! 305.912.2516