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Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Leaving the scene of an accident may be a serious traffic offense with severe penalties and punishments. These penalties and punishments may differ from state to state in the US. It may not be possible for individuals to find out about the legal implications that they may face if they leave without informing the authorities after an accident. Given below are important questions that may help individuals get information about the consequences of leaving an accident scene.

What is the punishment for leaving the scene of an accident in Maryland?

If an individual leaves without informing the authorities of an accident in Maryland, the penalty that he/she may face may depend on whether there was only property damage or any injury. If there was an injury, the individual may face one year of jail time and may have to pay a fine of $3000 for leaving the scene. This would add 12 points to the individual’s license. If there was only property damage caused by the accident, then the individual may have to spend 60 days in jail and pay a fine of $500. This may also add 8 points to the individual’s license.

Can being ignorant be used as a defense if an individual left an accident scene and got a ticket for the offense in Kansas?

Ignorance may not be considered a legal defense if an individual walks away from an accident in Kansas. A person is required to inform the police about the accident if the damage done to the property is more than $1000. If the individual leaves the scene and is then caught, their offense may be classified as a class C misdemeanor. The individual’s license may be suspended for 30 days and the individual may have to pay a fine of $500 or spend a month in jail or both. In most cases, the individual may not get jail time if it is the first offense.

Would a witness of an accident be expected to stay at the scene after they call the cops?

It may not be the responsibility of an accident witness to either call the cops or stay at the scene unless they were involved in the accident in any way.

Would an individual be charged for leaving an accident scene if they identified themselves and then left?

An individual may not be charged if they in fact provide their name, address and vehicle registration number to the authorities at the accident scene and then leaves.

What consequences would an individual have to face if he/she left without informing the cops after an accident in the state of Florida?

If an individual leaves without informing the cops of the accident and there is only property damage, he/she may have to spend 60 days in a county jail, pay a fine of $500 and be on probation for 6 months. This offense may also add 6 points on the individual’s driving record.

What is the statute of limitations to charge an individual for leaving an accident scene in California?

The authorities may have one year to charge an individual if he/she left an accident scene without informing the police about it.

Many times, when you are in an accident, you may just leave the scene out of fear and panic without realizing that you are committing a crime. Having basic information about the consequences of this offense can come in handy in such situations. It can save you the time and a lot of money running around looking for answers after the offense is committed. Asking Experts about its legal implications can help you get more information.

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