While many traffic offenses are merely citations with penalties including fines and driver's license points, others are actually charged as criminal violations. If you have been accused of a hit & run, you must take effective action now to avoid being convicted on the charges. Come to the Law Offices of Richard Tendler for knowledgeable legal counsel and hard-hitting representation to help you defend your rights and your freedom. Most of the cases we represent involve serious felonies, and we are prepared to work tirelessly to help you fight the charges you face.
Under state law, a driver who is involved in an accident is required to remain at the scene of the accident in order to provide his or her name, address and vehicle registration number and to render assistance in the event that the other person has been injured. If you are accused of leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in property damage, you can be charged with second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines.
In the event that the accident caused injury to another person, you can be charged with a felony of the third degree, which carries a penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. For an accident which resulted in the death of an accident victim, you can be charged with a first-degree felony, with a possible sentence of up to $10,000 in fines and 30 years in prison. The law also requires the court to order the defendant to pay restitution to the victim in most cases. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will also revoke your driver's license. With so much at stake, you simply cannot afford to take any chances with the outcome of the case.
Need an attorney for a criminal defense case in West Palm Beach? In the course of my career as a criminal defense attorney, I have a proven track record of success in defending my clients, including in cases involving leaving the scene of an accident. One case I represented even received widespread attention in the local media. My client was threatened with a prison sentence of 15 years based on allegations that he had fled the scene of an accident which killed two women on a bridge. The case ended in a jury deadlock, and I negotiated with the prosecutor for a plea bargain which allowed my client to be released from prison after serving only five years, followed by 10 years on probation. Every case is unique, and when you contact us for an initial case evaluation we will give you an unbiased opinion of your prospects for fighting the charges.