Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Brockton
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Under Massachusetts law, drivers must report accidents promptly. Failing to do so, known as 'Leaving the Scene,' is a serious violation that may lead to severe consequences such as fines, probation, license suspension, insurance rate increases, and potential jail time.
At DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, P.C., our seasoned attorneys are equipped to protect your rights and deliver a robust defense if you're charged with this offense in Brockton. We recommend always complying with the law by staying at the accident scene. However, if you've left an accident scene, seeking immediate legal consultation before speaking to authorities is vital.
Reach out to our experienced team at (617) 941-3666 or via our online contact form for comprehensive legal support.
Understanding the Charge: Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Leaving the scene of an accident, as defined by M.G.L. c. 90, §§ 24 (2)(a), (a1/2)(1), and (a1/2)(2), can be categorized into three offenses in Massachusetts, each with varying severity and penalties.
- The first is causing property damage and not providing your name, residence, and vehicle registration number. This is a misdemeanor with potential fines from $20-$200, or imprisonment for 2 weeks to 2 years, or both.
- The second offense is causing personal injury that did not result in death and leaving the scene without providing necessary information. This is also a misdemeanor, with mandatory imprisonment for 6 months up to 2 years or a fine between $500-$1,000.
- The third and most serious offense is causing death and leaving the scene. This is a felony offense, with penalties including mandatory minimum imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
For all these offenses, the prosecution must prove that you operated a motor vehicle on a public roadway, where the public has access, caused damage or injury, knew about it, and failed to provide your personal and vehicle information. Our legal team at DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, P.C., is committed to rigorously defending your rights and challenging the prosecution's case.
Don't Let a Momentary Misstep Dictate Your Future
Being involved in an accident can be overwhelming, and sometimes, panic can lead to hasty decisions like leaving the scene. If you're facing 'Leaving the Scene of An Accident' charges in Massachusetts, it's vital to arm yourself with a vigorous, proactive legal defense to minimize potential repercussions.
As a leading criminal motor vehicle violations defense firm in Brockton, Massachusetts, DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, P.C. is backed by extensive experience in defending clients against a wide array of motor vehicle offenses. Our promise to you is thoroughness and tenacity - every nuance of your case will be rigorously scrutinized, and all viable defense strategies will be employed.
Don't let a single incident overshadow your future. Connect with DeGiacomo & Mikhlin, P.C. today for a confidential consultation. Dial (617) 941-3666 or email us directly using our online contact form. We're prepared to stand by your side and defend your rights.