Okaloosa County Hit and Run Attorney
If someone leaves the scene of an accident, and that accident resulted in serious injury or death, that is a felony. In Okaloosa County and throughout Florida, there is a duty to give information and render aid to anyone who is injured in an accident that you’ve been involved in.
What am I required to do if I was involved in an accident?
Pursuant to Florida Statute 316.062, anyone that has been involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to anyone must provide their name, address, registration number of their vehicle, and their driver’s license. They must also render aid to any person injured in the crash.
Listed below are the three types of felony Hit and Run charges:
Leaving the Scene of an Accident—with Injury in Okaloosa County
Florida Statute 316.027(2)(a) states that:
“the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash which results in injury to a person other than serious bodily injury shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, and shall remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of Statute 316.062. A person who willfully violates this section commits a felony of the third degree.”
This charge is a third degree felony with a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident—with Serious Bodily Injury
Florida Statute 316.027(1)(a) defines Serious Bodily Injury as:
“an injury to a person, including the driver, which consists of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ.”
If the accident resulted in serious bodily injury, the charge is a second degree felony with a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident—with Death in Fort Walton Beach
If someone died in the accident, and you knew or should have known that the accident was serious enough to cause serious injury or death, Leaving the Scene with Death is a first degree felony with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
There is also a 4 year mandatory minimum prison sentence if you are convicted of Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Death.
Defending Hit and Run Cases in Okaloosa County
Every case is different, but no matter what, I will be looking at the following two issues:
- Whether the injury was serious enough to be charged as Serious Bodily Injury. Not all injuries are serious enough for this classification.
- The State must prove that you willfully committed the crime. Willful means that you knew or should have known that the crash occurred AND that it caused an injury or death.
An experienced Okaloosa County criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between a prison sentence and a clean record. I will be looking carefully at the facts of the case to see whether I can argue that you didn’t know someone was injured or died. I will also look at whether the injuries were serious enough to qualify for Serious Bodily Injury status.
Examining these issues closely gives you a better chance of negotiating a plea that keeps you out of prison and a felony off your record. It also prepares us for trial if the State won’t negotiate.
Call an Okaloosa County Hit and Run Attorney Today
Call me at (850) 243-6097. If you have been charged with felony Hit and Run in Okaloosa County, you are facing a prison sentence and a permanent felony conviction on your record. I offer a free, confidential consultation to talk about your case and answer your questions.