Leaving the Scene of an Accident
There are three types of leaving the scene:
- Leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage:
- If you were in an accident that caused property damage, you must report information such as your name, license plate number, address, and vehicle registration to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) within 5 days of the accident or you will be charged with leaving the scene.
- A conviction could result in a fine of up to $200, license suspension of 60 days to one year, and jail time of 2 weeks to 2 years.
- Leaving the scene of an accident that caused personal injury:
- You could be charged with leaving the scene if you did not report your information to the RMV after causing an accident that led to personal injury.
- The penalties of conviction could include a fine of $500 to $1,000, license suspension of 1 to 2 years, and jail time of 6 months to 2 years.
- Leaving the scene of an accident that caused death:
- If you caused an OUI accident that killed another person, which is known as manslaughter by motor vehicle under Melanie's Law; and you fled the scene to evade arrest, you could be charged with a felony.
- If convicted, your sentence could include a fine of $1,000 to $5,000, license suspension of 15 years to a permanent loss of license, and jail time of 5 to 20 years.
The penalties for leaving the scene could be enhanced if you have previous citations on your driving record, especially if you have multiple OUI offenses.
It is imperative that you retain the experienced legal guidance you need
Call the Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. for your free consultation today!
Attorney Bernard has defended clients involved in OUI related cases for well over 19 years and understands what caused you to leave the scene of your accident. The court will make every effort to prosecute you severely, but Attorney Bernard may be able to help you fight your charges.
He develops through defenses for his clients through careful study of their cases and his extensive knowledge of the Massachusetts law. His clients know that he works tirelessly to protect their rights and defend their freedoms.
Leaving the scene of an accident after operating under the influence is a serious offense.
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