Leaving the Scene of an Accident in New Jersey

Morris County Traffic Offense Attorney

Most drivers who leave the scene of an accident do so in a panic because they are afraid of the consequences. If you left when there were injuries to others or fatalities, you may be punished by New Jersey law. It is a serious violation and needs a strong defense from a knowledgeable attorney committed to getting the best possible results for clients.

Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The person who leaves the scene of an accident will receive 8 points on their current driving record, a license suspension, jail probation, large fines, and likely a drastic increase in insurance rates. More specifically:

  • First offense - accident with injuries or death, fines of $500-$1,000 or 180 days imprisonment, or both, and license suspension for 1 year
  • Subsequent offense - accident with injuries or death, fines of $1,000-$2,000 or 180 days imprisonment, or both, with permanent loss of license
  • First offense - property damage only, fines of $200-$400 or 30 days imprisonment, or both, and license suspension for 6 months
  • Subsequent offense-property damage only, fines $400-$600 or 30-90 days imprisonment, or both, and license suspension for 1 year

Because of the severity of the offense and possible penalties if convicted, it is vital that you have tireless representation both inside and outside the courtroom. Leaving the scene of an accident crimes often draw the attention of the media and normally involves additional law enforcement activity in locating the offender. Prosecutors are eager to pursue these types of case.

Need a lawyer for leaving the scene charges?

Let me help you with your case, call today for a consultation regarding accusations of your leaving the scene of an accident. The Law Offices of Christopher G. Porreca, P.C. understands the difficulties people face when looking at spending time in jail and other life changing ramifications because of criminal allegations. I have defended countless cases involving serious traffic offenses and other types of violent and non-violent crimes. For immediate legal assistance and guidance, contact a defense attorney from my firm.

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