Leaving the scene of property damage is considered a misdemeanor crime in Massachusetts. Leaving the scene of property damage is the same as a hit and run.
Leaving the Scene of Property Damage
“From the start Attorney Donovan eased my anxiety about my hit and run with property damage charge. He explained how the process in court works, and what to expect. He met with me the Sunday before my hearing and thoroughly explained everything and gave me a chance to ask lingering questions. He never made me feel stupid and always made himself available. Very prompt, nice, smart, and real. He got my charge dropped and I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome.”
Sara, Quincy District Court
Recent Leaving Scene of Property Damage Wins
Client was charged in the Boston Municipal Court with Leaving the Scene of Property Damage after he got into a minor 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.
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 the following two 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 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 $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 it is crucial to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Massachusetts Leaving the Scene of Property Damage Lawyer
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 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 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. 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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