A hit and run car crash is known as leaving the scene of the accident in Jacksonville FL. It is more than just a Jacksonville traffic ticket. Unlike Florida speeding tickets, this is a criminal charge. If you were given a citation after a hit and run accident, it is still a crime even though it looks like a ticket. This type of ticket is known as a notice to appear and may be issued in lieu of an arrest. If you were issued a criminal traffic citation, then leaving the scene of an accident charge is a misdemeanor crime. This means that there was only property damage involved. Any hit and run ticket should be taken seriously. It will create a criminal record and could lead to a conviction or jail sentence in Clay, Duval, or St. Johns County. It can also result in 6 points on your drivers license. This could lead to your drivers license being suspended in Jacksonville Florida or an increase in car insurance rates.
Florida Statute Section 316.061 is the leave the scene of an accident law involving property damage. This law states:
(1) 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 until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who violates this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
If you are involved in a hit and run accident and there is injury to a person, the crime is much more serious. You could be facing a felony charge. Florida Statute Section 316.027 is the law for crashes involving death or personal injuries. It states:
(1)(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property that results in injury of any person must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and must remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. Any 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 any vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property that results in the death of any person must immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and must 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. Any 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. Any 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 2 years.
Hit and run car accidents happen in Jacksonville more than you may think. Most cases are not reported in the media, because they do not result in death. There are still many cases that do. “Last year, there were seven fatal crashes involving bicyclists in Jacksonville, according to the Sheriff’s Office.” News4jax.com ran a story about a hit and run accident that occurred in Jacksonville early Tuesday morning. A bicyclist was killed in the accident on the Westside of Jacksonville. The report stated:
“Police said the bicyclist, 51-year-old Roy Lee McGrath, was traveling southbound on Cassat Avenue at Fremont Street, just west of Blanding Boulevard, at about 2:30 a.m. when a vehicle struck McGrath. Officers found McGrath unresponsive in the road and say he died at the scene. Police said the driver fled.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crime, but “have no verified suspect or suspect vehicle information.” I am sure that they will be questioning people. If person is questioned, he or she may want to speak with a Jacksonville criminal lawyer before speaking with the police.