If the accident involves injuries, the State Attorney's Office can file the third degree felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident with injuries. A third degree felony in Florida can expose an individual up to a maximum of five years in State prison.
What do the prosecutors need to prove for Third Degree Felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident??
1) Criminal Defendant was the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury; and
2) Criminal Defendant knew or should have known that he was involved in the accident; and
3) Criminal Defendant knew or should have known that the victim was injured; and
4) Criminal Defendant either willfully failed to stop and render assistance and/or did not leave any indentifying information to law enforcement/ victim/ etc.
Do I have any exposure to other criminal traffic charges?
Unfortunately, these cases usually involve other criminal traffic charges like DUI, DWLS, DWLSR, LSA, NVDL, etc. Sometimes, fighting the LSA can be futile as the proof levels on these charges may be easier to meet.
Hire an experienced Florida Criminal Traffic Lawyer
Many criminal Defense lawyers fancy themselves as being able to swiftly handle all criminal cases. This is simply not true. If have the misfortune of being charged with Felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident, you must entrust the defense of your case to an experienced Criminal Traffic Defense Attorney - these cases can produce life defining results when mishandled, dont be a statistic, hire competent counsel. Good Luck!
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