If you are involved in an accident, it may be tempting to leave the scene before the police arrive. But, doing so can result in serious repercussions. Read on to learn more about leaving the scene of an accident in New Jersey.
Leaving the scene after property damage
Some car accidents do not result in any injuries but leave property damaged. Leaving the scene after damaging property can result in:
- Jail time: Drivers who leave the scene of an accident (in which no injuries occurred) can go to jail for up to 30 days upon conviction.
- Fines + surcharge: Leaving the scene of an accident involving only property damage carries a fine of $200 to $400 for a first offense. If this happens again, you will be considered a repeat offender, and your fines will increase. A second offense results in a fine of $400 to $600. In addition, New Jersey imposes a surcharge of $450 on drivers who accumulate six points on their license. An additional $75 is imposed for each point over six.
- Points on your license: You can receive 2 points on your license for leaving the scene of an accident with no injuries.
- License Suspension: For accidents with only property damage, a driver who leaves the scene faces a mandatory suspension of up to 30 days.
Leaving the scene after injury/death
If your accident causes injuries to another individual, the consequences of leaving the scene will be even more severe. These penalties may include:
- Prison: Leaving the scene of an accident where someone was injured or killed can result in up to 5 years in prison. This is on top of possible vehicular manslaughter charges.
- License Suspension: You will likely have your license suspended for up to one year.
- Fines: You can face heavy fines that leave you financially struggling.
- Points: New Jersey assigns 8 points for leaving the scene of an accident in which someone is hurt or killed.
If you are facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident, you will need the help of an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney. Reach out as soon as possible, the sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can begin building your case.
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When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.