Leaving the Scene of an Accident

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LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING DEATH OR INJURY

Many good people panic after being involved in an accident that causes injury or death to another person. Instead of staying at the scene to assist or to make sure that no one is seriously hurt, they fear that the accident itself will get them serious trouble. A lot of times, the crime of leaving the scene causes more serious problems than stopping at the scene. Criminal defense attorney Adam L. Bantner, II can help those charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Call813.416.7965 for your free consultation!

THE STATUTE: FLA. STAT. 316.027

  • (2)(a) The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property which results in injury to a person other than serious bodily injury shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and shall remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who willfully violates this paragraph commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s.775.083, or s. 775.084.
  • (b) The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property which results in serious bodily injury to a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and shall remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who willfully violates this paragraph commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s.775.084.
  • (c) The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property which results in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and shall remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who is arrested for a violation of this paragraph and who has previously been convicted of a violation of this section, s. 316.061, s. 316.191, or s.316.193, or a felony violation of s. 322.34, shall be held in custody until brought before the court for admittance to bail in accordance with chapter 903. A person who willfully violates this paragraph commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s.775.083, or s. 775.084, and shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 4 years. A person who willfully commits such a violation while driving under the influence as set forth in s. 316.193(1) shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 4 years.

THE PENALTIES

  • Injury to victim: Third-degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison
  • Serious bodily injury to victim: Second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison
  • Death to victim: First-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison with a 4-year minimum mandatory sentence

KNOWLEDGE OF ACCIDENT

In 2015, the Florida Supreme Court held that it was not enough for the State to prove that the Defendant should have been aware that he was in an accident; the State must prove that the Defendant had actual knowledge of the accident. State v. Dorsett, 158 So.3d 557 (Fla. 2015).

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Adam Bantner – Criminal Defense Attorney at Law

If you are in need of an expert criminal defense attorney specializing in legal defense against DUI, traffic, criminal, violent crime charges, or a personal injury – you’ll find it here.

Adam L. Bantner, II is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney representing those accused of crimes in Hillsborough and Polk counties. He is the Past President of the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys., is a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and AVVO rated “Superb.” Adam is a member of Valrico Law Group.

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Adam Bantner, II is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Law Attorney representing those accused of crimes in Hillsborough and Polk Counties. When you are facing criminal charges, you want an expert in your corner. The Florida Bar has recognized Adam as an expert criminal defense attorney.

I have been defending the accused since 2006 and am Past President of the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

I have tried over 30 jury trials, on charges ranging from driving on a suspended license to murder.

In addition, I am a Brandon personal injury attorney. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, give me a call to see how we can help!

I approach each case on the principle that every client deserves zealous representation, with attention to detail and to their individualized needs. My mission is to get the best possible result for every client, in every case, every time. Give me a call to see how I can assist you to get the best results in your case. I are here to help.