HIT AND RUN WITH PROPERTY DAMAGE
Leaving the Scene with Property Damage
Hit a car in a parking lot?
Back into someone’s car accidentally?
Panic and drive away?
It happens all the time. It is embarrassing and the temptation is to speed away. Afraid your insurance will go up? Maybe you don’t have a valid license or had one drink to many? It can happen to anyone.
Leaving the scene of an accident with property damage is a misdemeanor. That is still a crime and nothing to take lightly. It can get you arrested, taken to jail and your face end up on “Mugshots”
We regularly defend drivers who have a lapse in judgment and drive off without reporting it. It is particularly tempting when the other driver is not around. There may be a good explanation. It may not have been you in the car but instead another family member. The police may not have a witness as to who was driving at the time.
An admission may be the missing piece of evidence the police need.
Never give a statement or confession without talking to a lawyer.
In Florida in 2015 there were 92,000 hit and run crashes and 80% involved property damage only. If you hit another car, a mailbox, a bench or light pole, and left, we may be able to help you and keep you from being charged. If you have a guilty conscience and need someone to talk to, call today for a free confidential consultation.
We have offices in Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Punta Gorda and as former prosecutors and long time defense lawyers can get you through this.
You made one mistake driving away. Do not make a second mistake trying to do this on your own. Do not let a minor thing become a big deal by ignoring it or lying about it to the police.