Hit and run, also called leaving the scene of an accident, is a criminal offense that occurs when a driver is involved in an auto accident and intentionally flees the scene without rendering medical aid, contacting the authorities or exchanging driver/contact information with the other driver/s involved. Depending on whether the Orlando auto accident involved property damage, injury or death, the penalties for a hit and run conviction may vary.
For hit and run causing injury, a defendant may face third degree felony charges and the following maximum penalties: up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. For hit and run causing property damage only, an Orlando driver may face second degree misdemeanor charges and up to 60 days in jail and up to $500 in fines. The penalties that may be enforced for your unique case may vary, so it is important to talk to a criminal attorney about your individual charges.
Having a hit and run accusation or charge looming over you is not only stressful but can have wide reaching consequences if your case is not resolved for the best outcome possible under the circumstances and evidence. While some people try the do-it-yourself approach, making the investment in hiring an expert defense attorney in these cases can often make the difference in terms of a successful outcome. Don’t wait or just hope for the best. Request a free consultation with your Central Florida / Orlando Lawyers at Rivas Law in Winter Park FL now to get informed of your options so you can move forward to resolve this situation you are in.