Tampa & Sarasota Hit and Run Attorneys
Florida Felony Defense Lawyers
Hit and run, per Florida legislation, occurs when the driver of a vehicle leaves the scene of an accident which he or she was involved in. The person must have willfully and intentionally not stopped, after being in or causing a traffic accident which resulted in property damage or injury. When a person commits a hit and run, he or she may be subject to a felony charge with extensive state prison sentencing and fines, as well as other penalties.
The Tampa criminal defense lawyers at Finebloom & Haenel are experienced in defending hit and run cases. In any Florida hit and run case, the prosecution must prove:
- You had knowledge of the accident and knew it had occurred
- That the accident was the cause of injury or property damage
When you work with a Tampa or Sarasota hit and run attorney at Finebloom & Haenel, you are in good hands. You are working with a professional who knows how to effectively assert your rights and make sure that you are not unfairly punished for something that you did not do or did not intentionally do. Your attorney will do his utmost to protect your rights and make sure that they are not violated in any way, throughout the entire process involving your hit and run case.
Hit & Run Penalties in Florida
A hit and run accident which causes minimal damage can be classified as a misdemeanor per Florida law, but most hit and runs are felonies. When a hit and run occurs and a person is injured, this may result in a 3rd degree felony charge; the maximum sentence for which is 5 years in state prison. When a driver willfully leaves the scene of an accident which results in the death of a person, that driver may be charged with a 1st degree felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
Have you been accused of a hit and run in Tampa or Sarasota? Contact our attorneys today.