Leaving the Scene of an Accident
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In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal motor vehicle violation. If you caused the accident while operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you could face severe penalties under the law.
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. 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 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 legal guidance of a Western Massachusetts OUI attorney.
Enlist the Help of Our Firm Today
At our firm, we have defended clients involved in OUI-related cases for numerous years, and we understand the fear and distress the caused you to leave the scene of your accident. The court will prosecute you severely, but we may be able to help you fight your charges. We develop thorough defenses for our clients through careful study of their cases and extensive knowledge of the Massachusetts law. Our clients know that we work tirelessly to protect their rights and defend their freedoms.
Leaving the scene of an accident after operating under the influence is a serious offense, and you must be confident that your legal counsel has the experience and skill needed to advocate for you before the court. You do not have a moment to lose; enlist the advocacy of a strong defense today.
Contact a Western Massachusetts OUI lawyer from the firm if you have been charged with leaving the scene of an OUI accident.