Leaving the scene of property damage is a misdemeanor crime in Massachusetts. It is the same as a hit and run.
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Client was charged in the Boston Municipal Court with Leaving the Scene of Property Damage. The client got into a minor car accident in Boston. Client, an 18 year old with DACA status was facing possible deportation as a result of the charge. Attorney Donovan was successful in resolving the case prior to the arraignment. CASE DISMISSED
What is Leaving the Scene of Property Damage?
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 section 24 defines leaving the scene of an accident. In order to prove that somebody left the scene of personal injury, the assistant District Attorney must prove two elements. First, that the person drove a car upon a public way. 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 the vehicle or property of another.
What the are the penalties for Leaving the Scene of Property Damage?
The penalty in Massachusetts, is House of Correction imprisonment for not less than 2 weeks or not more than 2 years. Or a fine of not less than $20 or not more than $200 or both. If this a subsequent offense it may not be filed or continued without a finding. Except upon motion and judge’s certificate that such is in the interests of justice. The RMV may and shall unless judge recommends otherwise revoke license for 60 days or, for subsequent offenses within 3 years, for 1 year. The RMV may revoke registration if defendant is owner or has exclusive control of vehicle.
Are there legal defenses?
YES. There are defenses to leaving the scene of property damage. Knowledge is the most common defense to leaving the scene of property. The prosecutor must prove that the driver knew that they struck something. The Commonwealth must prove that the driver knowingly hit something. You need to speak to a lawyer if you’ve been charged with leaving the scene of property damage. An experienced criminal attorney can make the difference in the outcome.
Massachusetts Leaving the Scene of Property Damage Lawyer
Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer Patrick T. Donovan is dedicated to providing the best criminal defense for leaving the scene of property damage charges. Attorney Donovan has represented many clients who have been charged with motor vehicle crimes including leaving the scene of property damage in Boston and throughout the state of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Criminal Attorney Patrick T. Donovan aggressively fights for the best possible outcome for each and every one of his clients.
Patrick Donovan is a former prosecutor. Attorney Donovan is well aware of the legal strategies the district attorneys will use when trying a criminal case. Attorney Donovan uses his prior knowledge as an Assistant District Attorney to his clients’ advantage. Quincy Criminal Attorney
Attorney Donovan offers free consultations. Quincy Criminal Attorney Donovan offers both evening and weekend consultations and will meet at places convenient to the client. Call attorney Patrick Donovan at (617) 479-1800 for your free consultations.
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