In Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and Miami Dade County, there is a reluctance to communicate with the other driver at the scene of an accident. If you left the scene of an accident without exchanging your name, address, and vehicle registration tag number with the other motorist or without providing it to a law enforcement officer on the scene, you have Fled the Scene of an Accident and have committed a criminal violation. To prove the criminal offense of Leaving the Scene of a Crash, the State Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the criminal suspect was the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash resulting in injury or death to any person, that the criminal suspect knew or should have known that he or she was involved in a crash, that the criminal suspect knew or should have known of the injury to or death of the person, and that the criminal suspect willfully failed to stop at the scene of the crash or as close to the crash as possible and remain there until he or she had given “identifying information” to the injured driver or occupant and to any police officer investigating the crash, or that the criminal suspect willfully failed to render “reasonable assistance” to the injured person if such treatment appeared to be necessary or was requested by the injured person. If the State Attorney proves that the criminal suspect willfully failed to give any part of the “identifying information” or willfully failed to give reasonable assistance, the State Attorney satisfies this element of the criminal offense. “Identifying information” means the name, address, vehicle registration number, and, if available and requested, the exhibition of the criminal suspect’s license or permit to drive. “Reasonable assistance” includes carrying or making arrangements to carry the injured person to a physician or hospital for medical treatment. “Willfully” means intentionally and purposely.
If you are charged for this crime, you should immediately consult a criminal lawyer to find out the best way to proceed. Criminal Defense Attorney Kenneth P. Hassett of Hassett and Associates, P.A. is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has been practicing for several years in Miami Dade County, Fort Lauderdale, and Broward County. Criminal lawyers can represent you against the criminal charges of the state criminal attorney. Kenneth P. Hassett is a criminal lawyer who will fight to defend you in battling the criminal charges. Call Hassett & Associates, P.A. 24 hours per day seven days per week for an immediate free consultation with a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney.
The information on this page does not represent legal advice. Florida Statues obtained from Online Sunshine, www.leg.state.fl.us, the official site of the Florida Legislature. Because the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained herein may be out of date. It is always wise to seek counsel from an experienced criminal attorney like Kenneth Hassett.
If you have been charged as an Accessory After the Fact or a Principal in the First Degree to a criminal offense in Broward or Miami-Dade County, call Criminal Defense Attorney Kenneth P. Hassett.