Leaving the scene of personal injury is a crime in Massachusetts. It is a type of hit and run. It is a very serious criminal charge in Massachusetts. Massachusetts General Law G.L. c. 90, § 24(2)(a½)(1) defines this law.
In Massachusetts, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident causing personal injury. The penalties for leaving the scene are very serious.
Attorney Patrick Donovan provides the best criminal defense to people charged with crimes in Massachusetts.
Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury FAQs
Massachusetts General law chapter 90 section 24 is the Massachusetts hit and run law.
1) that the person did in fact drive a car upon a public way and a way the public has a right of access:
2) And without stopping and making known his or her name, residence and the register number of his or her motor vehicle, did go away after knowingly colliding with or otherwise causing injury to, not resulting in the death of any person.
The penalty for leaving the scene of personal injury can be six months to 2 years in the House of Correction, and a fine of not less than $500, not more than $1000. Also, leaving the scene of personal injury charge cannot be filed or continued without a finding. Finally, the RMV may and shall unless the judge recommends otherwise revoke the license for 1 year or, in cases of subsequent offenses, for 2 years. RMV may revoke registration if the defendant is the owner or has exclusive control of the vehicle.
ARE THERE ANY LEGAL DEFENSES TO LEAVING THE SCENE OF PERSONAL INJURY?
There are defenses to leaving the scene of an accident. One common defense is that the driver did not know that they struck somebody. The Commonwealth must prove that the driver knowingly hit somebody. The statute does not allow for discretion.
BOSTON CRIMINAL LAWYER / MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL ATTORNEY
Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick T. Donovan provides the best criminal defense in Massachusetts. Also, Attorney Donovan has represented people charged with motor vehicle crimes, including leaving the scene of personal injury, in Boston and throughout the state of Massachusetts. Finally, Massachusetts Criminal Attorney Patrick T. Donovan fights for the best result for each and every one of his clients.
As a former prosecutor, Attorney Donovan knows the strategies the police and district attorneys will use. Also, Attorney Donovan uses his prior knowledge as an Assistant District Attorney to his clients’ advantage.
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