Sometimes accidents do happen, and the owner of the other vehicle is not around. While parking at a shopping center, Mr. Fernandez’s client accidentally hit another car, but the owner the vehicle was not present to exchange information. After waiting for some time, he left to go about his business. His car was towed by the responding officer and held pending investigation. The City of Sunny Isles Police denied Mr. Fernandez’s client access to his car based on allegations that it was involved in a hit and run.
Mr. Fernandez was able to release the car and resolve the matter for his client without an arrest or charges being filed. If you, or someone you know, is being investigated or formally accused of a crime Contact Mr. Fernandez to set up a free consultation.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident is categorized under the Florida Statutes as a misdemeanor. The charge requires the state to prove that the individual left the scene of a traffic accident where there is no serious injury, just property damage.
The applicable statute states “the driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such crash or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to, and in every event shall remain at, the scene of the crash…” A violation of this section is a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail.