In Massachusetts it is illegal to leave the scene of property damage. It is the same as a hit and run. Massachusetts general law chapter 90 section 24 defines leaving the scene of an accident. If there is property damaged the police may charge you criminally with leaving the scene of property damage. Attorney Patrick Donovan has gotten great great results for people charged with Leaving the Scene of Property Damage in Massachusetts.
Recent Leaving Scene of Property Damage Victory 2/17
Client was charged with Leaving the Scene of Property Damage in the Quincy District Court after another driver stated she was at stoplight when she was hit by the client. The client then panicked and fled the scene. A witness got the client’s license plate and the police called her. She admitted to hitting the other car and leaving.
Client’s case to be dismissed in 6 months after doing a safe driver course.
WHAT IS LEAVING THE SCENE OF PROPERTY DAMAGE?
In order to prove that somebody left the scene of personal injury, the assistant District Attorney must prove the following elements. First, that the person did in fact drive a car upon a public way and a way the public has a right of access. Second, 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 IS THE PENALTY FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF PROPERTY DAMAGE IN MASSACHUSETTS?
The penalty for leaving the scene of property damage is House of Correction imprisonment for not less than 2 weeks or not more than 2 years, or a fine of not less than $20or 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 ANY DEFENSES TO LEAVING THE SCENE OF PERSONAL INJURY?
YES. There are defenses to leaving the scene of property damage. The most common defense to leaving the scene of property damage is that the driver did not know that they struck something. The Commonwealth must prove that the driver knowingly hit something. If you’ve been charged with leaving the scene of property damage you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney. The law does not allow for the judge to make any changes. It must be applied if there is a guilty.
BEST BOSTON CRIMINAL LAWYER /MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL ATTORNEY
Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer Patrick T. Donovan is dedicated to providing the best criminal defense to people charged with leaving the scene of property damage in Massachusetts. 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 is committed to aggressively pursuing the best possible outcome for each and every one of his clients.
As a former prosecutor, Attorney Donovan is well aware of the many legal strategies both law enforcement and district attorneys will use when trying to obtain a criminal conviction. Attorney Donovan uses his prior knowledge as an Assistant District Attorney to his clients’ advantage by challenging evidence submitted by state lawyers, investigating faulty law enforcement procedures, and ultimately building the strongest case possible for every single one of his clients. Attorney Donovan is committed to being the the best criminal attorney in Massachusetts.
Quincy Criminal Attorney
Attorney Donovan offers free consultations. His office is conveniently located in Quincy close to route 93. Attorney Donovan also offers shuttle service to and from home. 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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Boston Criminal Attorney Patrick T. Donovan handles cases for clients located in: Boston, Dorchester, West Roxbury, South Boston, East Boston, Quincy, Milton, Weymouth, Randolph, Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Rockland, Amherst, Dedham, Norwood, Cambridge, Somerville, Westwood, Needham, Wellesley, Stoughton, Brockton, Canton, Sharon, Avon, Revere, All of Cape Cod. Plymouth, Duxbury, Hanover.