New Jersey Criminal Law Attorneys
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense that can carry significant consequences. The charge of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident is governed under N.J.S. 39:4-129. The severity of the consequences will depend on whether the accident caused only property damage or whether someone was injured or died as a result of the accident.
When an individual leaves the scene of an accident that results in property damage only, and is the first offense, then the law requires a mandatory fine between $200 and $400 and a loss of driving privileges for six (6) months. A jail sentence of up to thirty (30) days may also be imposed upon the operator of the vehicle. A second offense involving leaving the scene of an accident carries of fine of $400 to $600 and a mandatory loss of driving privileges for one (1) year and a possible jail sentence of thirty (30) to ninety (90) days. Additionally, two points will be imposed on the operator’s driving license.
When an individual leaves the scene of an accident that results in personal injury or death the law requires a mandatory $2,500 to $5,000 fine and a loss of driving privileges for one (1) year. A subsequent offense of leaving the scene of an accident that results in injury or death will result in a permanent loss of driving privileges. A jail term of up to 180 days may also be imposed when the accident in question causes injury or death. There will also be eight (8) points assessed on the driver’s license, which will also cause the imposition of an annual surcharge to renew the license.
All consequences as described above can be increased due to circumstances surrounding the accident. If the accident occurred in a construction zone, safe zone or 65 mph speed zone all statutory fines will be doubled.