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The Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver

Hudson County

Criminal Defense Lawyer

"We have successfully defended our clients against thousands of Criminal, DWI, and Municipal Court charges throughout Hudson County and New Jersey."

- William A. Proetta, Esq.

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Leaving the Scene of an Accident

North Bergen NJ Leaving the Scene of an Accident Lawyer

Leaving the scene of an accident is a very serious motor vehicle violation in New Jersey – even if you didn’t know you caused an accident. A charge for leaving the scene of an accident is punishable by a suspension of your driver’s license, DMV points, and even jail time. There is no requirement for the severity of the accident – in fact most of our clients claim the accident was so minor that they didn’t even realize the vehicles made contact. An experienced defense attorney can often work with the prosecutor and mitigate these consequences so you can avoid a driver’s license suspension. The firm’s founding attorney, Will Proetta has successfully defended thousands of municipal court charges and motor vehicle tickets for clients over the years including leaving the scene of an accident. Proetta & Oliver represents clients throughout New Jersey, including Secaucus, Jersey City, Bayonne, West New York, Hoboken, Union City and Newark. Our lawyers are typically able get leaving the scene of an accident charges dismissed for our clients so you avoid a license suspension and points on their record. If you or a loved one has been charged leaving the scene of an accident, contact our office at (201) 793-8018 to learn more about how we can help you during a free consultation with an experienced defense attorney or to schedule an appointment at our Jersey City office.

New Jersey 39:4-129 Leaving the Scene of an Accident Statute

For your convenience, we have created an easy to understand chart which breaks down all the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident in New Jersey pursuant to statute N.J.S.A. 39:4-129.

First Offense (Causing Damage Only)
  • $200 to $400 fine
  • Up to thirty (30) days in jail
  • Six (6) months license suspension
Second or Subsequent (Causing Damage Only)
  • $400 to $600 fine
  • Thirty (30) to Ninety (90) days in jail
  • One (1) year license suspension
Accident Causes Personal Injury or Death
  • $2,500 to $5,000 fine
  • 180 days in jail
  • One (1) year license suspension
  • Permanent license forfeiture for a second offense

 

Jersey City Leaving Scene of an Accident Defense Attorney

As clearly illustrated above, the consequences for a conviction of leaving the scene of an accident can be extremely severe including a suspension and jail time. New Jersey does not offer any “hardship” or work licenses so, if suspended you will not be able to drive during this entire period. Moreover, if you are caught driving while suspended you will face additional suspension time and jail exposure. Accidents can happen in countless different ways, and these cases can often be very complicated and involve multiple individuals and vehicles. Often times people think that since there is no damage it is okay to leave or sometimes people just panic because they have never been in an accident before so they make a split second decision to drive away. No matter the circumstances of your leaving the scene of an accident ticket, it is always important to have any experienced defense lawyer represent you to protect your interests. Our attorneys know how the court system works and what it takes to get a leaving the scene of an accident dismissed. We represent clients for leaving the scene of an accident throughout New Jersey including Kearny, Bloomfield, Harrison, Belleville, Guttenberg, North Bergen, and Weehawken. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at (201) 793-8018 for a free consultation with one of our lawyers or to schedule an appointment at our Jersey City office.