Rochester, NY Leaving the Scene of an Accident Defense Lawyer
Aggressive Attorneys Fight for Clients Charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident in NY
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in New York State, you are required by law to exchange information with the other driver or victim of the collision and, whenever possible, wait at the scene to provide information to a responding police officer. Failure to take these steps may be considered a “hit and run. If you are charged with leaving the scene of an accident without reporting the incident to police, you may be facing stiff fines and jail time.
If you are facing hit & run charges in Monroe County or anywhere else in New York, you need to hire a savvy traffic ticket defense lawyer who will defend you against your charges. When your freedom is at stake, don’t choose just “any” attorney. Contact LaDuca Law Firm for successful, focused legal representation against your leaving the scene of the accident charges.
New York’s Hit-and-Run Laws are Fierce and the Penalties are Severe
According to New York traffic laws, if you are in a motor vehicle accident that caused injury to another person, you must stop and show your driver’s license and insurance card to the injured person. You must allow them to collect your personal information. Whenever possible, you are also required to remain at the scene until a police officer arrives to take a report on the incident.
If it is not practical to wait for a cop to respond to the accident scene, you must go to the nearest police station or courthouse to report the accident.
If you fail to follow the steps outlined in these laws, you will likely be facing up to 90 days in jail, a fine of between $250 adn $500 and four points on your New York driver’s license. Leaving the scene of an accident in New York State is a Class B misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a second hit-and-run offense, you will have a Class A misdemeanor on your driving record and are likely to spend one year in jail, have to pay between $500 and $1,000 in fines and get six points on your license.
If you caused serious injury to someone, but left the scene, police can charge you with a Class E felony. This means jail time, fines and a permanent criminal record.
Experienced Lawyers Will Defend You Against Your Hit and Run Charges
Leaving leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime in New York. However, in order for you to be found guilty, the prosecutor needs to be able to prove that you knew that you injured another person or caused damage to property and left the scene anyway.
The lawyers at the LaDuca Law Firm have successfully defended many clients charged with leaving the scene of an accident and we will fight for you, as well. We know there are many defenses to this charge and we will thoroughly investigate your case to determine the best strategy for you.
- You are allowed to leave the scene of an accident if you feel that the crowd may cause you or another bodily harm if you remain.
- You must be allowed a reasonable amount of time to report the accident to police, if for some reason you were unable to stay at the scene. The definition of “reasonable period of time” is up for debate. And, rest assured, we will debate the issue in court for you.
- If we can prove that you left the scene after finding out that the other person was not injured, the charge of leaving the scene may be unwarranted and therefore possible to get dismissed.
Experienced Lawyers Provide Free Consultations for Clients Charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident
If you or someone you love has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, rest assured this is serious business. You need to speak with a lawyer who has experience fighting these charges in New York traffic courts. LaDuca Law Firm attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case. We will fight your ticket and defend your right to keep your driver’s license. The meeting is free and confidential, but the results can make all the difference. Contact our Rochester NY office now for a consultation with a LaDuca lawyer.