Hit and run is defined as the act of exiting the scene of a crash where property damage, bodily harm or death resulted due to the driver’s vehicle striking an object or person. All parties involved are expected, under Florida law, to remain at the scene until cleared to leave by law enforcement. A bonding agency, such as Roundtree Bonding Agency, can help secure the release of a friend or family member 24-hours-a-day if they’ve been charged with a hit and run. Contact us today.
Penalties For Hit & Run Charges
The penalties for hit and run charges depend on the specific circumstances relating to the crash, such as the nature of the damage or harm caused by the crash.
If property damage occurs during the accident, subsequently leaving the scene is charged as a second-degree misdemeanor. The penalties, upon conviction, include up to 60 days in jail, up to six months of probation, and up to $500 in fines.
If another person is injured, the hit and run is charged as a third-degree felony. Penalties are up to five years in prison, up to five years of probation, up to $10,000 in fines, and a minimum three-year drivers license revocation.
Serious Bodily Injury
Involvement in a hit and run accident resulting in serious bodily injury to another person is a second-degree felony. The injury is generally classified as a serious bodily injury if the physical condition produces a substantial risk of
- Serious personal disfigurement; and/or
- Extended loss, protracted loss or impairment of the function of a body part, organ or mental faculty.
Penalties include up to 15 years in prison, up to 15 years of probation, and up to $10,000 in fines, and a minimum three-year drivers license revocation.
If the situation results in the death of another person, the hit and run is charged as a first-degree felony. The penalties include a mandatory minimum of four years in prison, but the court can sentence your loved one the maximum of up to 30 years in prison. Other penalties include up to 30 years of probation, up to $10,000 in fines, and a minimum three-year drivers license revocation.
How Can A Bondsman Help For A Hit & Run?
While it’s up to a judge to determine whether your friend or family member will be eligible for bond after a hit and run, the amount may be more than what is affordable at the time. Working with a bondsman from Roundtree Bonding Agency can alleviate this stress. Our team is available 24-hours a day to write bonds and help explain the process in entirety. We’ll post the necessary bail once a non-refundable 10 percent fee based on the total amount has been paid. Roundtree Bonding Agency believes in helping our customers which is why we’ll work with you to set up a payment plan if need be.
What Happens With A Hit & Run Charge?
If a friend or family member is arrested and charged with a hit and run, they're taken to a local jail. There, local law enforcement books them into custody, which is known as processing. After processing, the friend or family member may be able to post bond immediately or have to wait for a first appearance hearing before a judge. This hearing is generally held the next business day and determines the amount of the bail bond, if any, after the judge reviews the factors surrounding the situation.