The Defendant was cut off by another driver and swerved to avoid a collision; causing his vehicle to roll over. The Defendant crawled out of his car and went for help. Police were called to the scene and found the vehicle with no driver. When the Defendant returned to the scene he was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash and DUI with Property Damage.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
In Florida, leaving the scene of a crash can result in a misdemeanor or a felony charge depending on the circumstances. If there was an injury during the crash, the individual will be charged with a felony in the third degree. There will be a fine of $5,000 imposed along with up to 5 years in prison and/or 5 years of probation.
If there was a death that occurred during the crash, the individual would face a first degree felony. This will result in up to 30 years in prison along with a fine of $10,000. If there was alcohol involved, the person would be mandated by the state to spend at least 2 years in prison. In all cases of leaving the scene of a crash, the person will lose their driver’s license.
If there was property damage done during the crash, the individual will be charged with a second degree misdemeanor. This will result in up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500.
DUI with Property Damage
A DUI with property damage charges will result in a misdemeanor first degree. This will result in a fine of $1,000 and up to 12 months in prison. This is a double fine of just one DUI with no property damage.
Musca Law Firm
Whether you or a loved one has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash or DUI with Property Damage, one of our skilled attorneys at Musca Law can help you. Our attorneys have a combined experience of over 150 years. We offer a free consultation to determine if we are the best fit for your case. Our lawyers will discuss your case with you to find the best possible way to fight these charges.
Once hired, we will put together a defense that will be strong and expose the weaknesses of the prosecution. We work hard to obtain a favorable outcome for your case. In many instances, we have had charges significantly lowered or completed dropped. Call us today to set up your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.
RESULT: The Attorney presented an aggressive challenge to the evidence against our client. The state dropped the charge of leaving the scene and reduced the DUI charge to Reckless Driving. The Department of Motor Vehicles set aside the suspension of our Client’s license.