Bordentown NJ Leaving the Scene of an Accident Attorneys
Defense Lawyers for Leaving a Car Accident in Burlington County and throughout South Jersey
In New Jersey, leaving the scene of an accident can be a serious traffic violation or criminal offense, depending on the circumstances of the specific case. When you are involved in a car accident in New Jersey, you are obligated to stay at the scene of the crash and to notify the nearest law enforcement agency. If someone is injured, you must contact emergency personnel to ensure they receive medical treatment as soon as possible. Even when no one else is present and there is simply property damaged, you are required to report the accident. Failure to stay at the scene of a motor vehicle accident is a serious offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-129. Based on the damage or injuries caused by the accident, you may be forced to pay heavy fines and even to serve jail time if convicted. If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Attorney Leonard Biddison has been dedicated to providing superior criminal defense for clients charged with crimes and motor vehicle violations for over 20 years. With offices in Collingswood in Camden County and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison serves clients in Delran, Cinnaminson Twp., New Hanover, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, and throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our legal team includes a former New Jersey State Trooper who now serves as our private investigator. He meticulously investigates our clients’ cases to find errors in police procedure and holes in the prosecution’s arguments, which we then use to achieve the best possible results. For a free consultation with an experienced leaving the scene of an accident lawyer, contact us at 856-427-6888 today.
Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident in violation of NJSA 39:4-129
Any person involved in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey must follow the rules outlined in New Jersey Statute 39:4-129. First, you must come to a complete stop as near the scene as possible. If a person is injured or dead, or if any vehicle or property is damaged as a result of the crash, you must provide your information to the person injured, the owner of the damaged property, any police officer or witness to the accident, or to the driver or occupants of the vehicle you collided with. The information you must give includes your name, current address, contact information, driver’s license number, and your vehicle registration.
If a person is injured, you must help them get medical treatment immediately, whether that involves calling an ambulance or taking them to the nearest doctor or hospital. If no one is present and you are involved in a car crash, you must contact the nearest police department or law enforcement agency to provide the information. Notably, New Jersey requires a police report for accidents resulting in $500 or more in property damage, as well as those resulting in injury or death. If the accident is more minor and there is no police report filed, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission must still be notified.
New Jersey Penalties for Leaving an Accident Scene
The potential penalties for leaving the scene of a car accident in New Jersey are determined by the extent of the injuries or property damage caused by the collision. Specifically, if the accident results in injury or death of another person, you may face up to 180 days in jail, a fine between $2,500 and $5,000, and a period of driver’s license suspension. If it is your first offense, you may lose your license for one year. For a second offense, the State may permanently revoke your license.
If you leave the scene of an accident resulting in property damage and no injuries to others, you face lesser penalties. If convicted, you could be sentenced to up to 30 days in jail, a fine between $200 to $400, and suspension of your driving privileges for up to 6 months. For a second or subsequent leaving the scene charge, you are exposed to a jail sentence of up to 90 days, a fine ranging from $400 to $600, and a one-year license suspension.
It is important to note that you may also be charged with a third degree indictable crime for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury. Serious bodily injury means permanent disfigurement, protracted loss or impairment of function or movement of any bodily organ or member, or injury creating a substantial risk of death. A third degree leaving the scene conviction may mean up to 5 years of incarceration.
Contact a Mount Laurel Leaving the Scene of an Accident Defense Attorney Today
If you have been accused of leaving an accident scene in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, or elsewhere in South Jersey, it is imperative to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your rights and legal options. The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison is a group of highly knowledgeable criminal attorneys who will ensure you have the legal guidance you need during this stressful time. For a free consultation, call our office in Collingswood at 856-427-6888 or contact us online to begin your conversation.