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Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident

Defending DUI Cases in Polk County

Are you being accused of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an injury accident? If so, then you are in a lot of legal hot water and need the best defense representation you can find. At Colón & McNelis, PA, both of our Polk County DUI attorneys are former prosecutors. Together, we have handled over 10,000 cases and over 500 trials. We know what you are up against and we want to help you.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Under Section 316.027, all drivers involved in crashes resulting in injuries must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements covered in Section 316.062 F.S., which includes:

  • Provide their name, address, and vehicle registration number
  • Upon request, exhibit his or her driver's license
  • Seek medical assistance for anyone injured in the crash, and this could mean calling an ambulance
  • Report the crash to the nearest police

What are the penalties for fleeing the scene?

Under Section 316.027, the driver of any vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property that results in an injury or death must stop at the scene and fulfill the above requirements. Any driver who leaves the scene of an injury accident is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable by:

  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • A maximum $5,000 fine

Any person who is involved in a crash involving death and leaves the scene or fails to remain at the scene to fulfill the requirements covered in §316.062, shall be guilty of a felony of the first degree, punishable by:

  • Up to 30 years in prison or life imprisonment
  • A maximum $10,000 fine

Anyone who commits such violation while driving under the influence will be sentenced to a mandatory term of imprisonment of 2 years.

In trouble? Contact Colón & McNelis, PA for help!

At Colón & McNelis, PA, we have represented countless DUI cases, all of which have had many different unique factors and circumstances. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a person's adrenalin to be pumping immediately after a crash, and whether the driver is in shock or scared straight, crash victims often are not thinking clearly immediately following an accident.

If you are facing charges for DUI and leaving the scene of an injury accident, you need our services now more than ever before, and we have your back. We urge you to pick up the phone and call our Polk County criminal defense firm today to discuss your case in a free case evaluation.

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Colón & McNelis, PA
Colón & McNelis, PA
Criminal Defense Attorney in Polk County
Located at: 325 East Davidson Street,
Bartow, FL 33830
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