Defense Attorney For Knowingly Leaving Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death (N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1) Charges
Drivers in New Jersey are required to stop at the scene of an accident they have been involved in.
Failure to do this is a crime, but when a person dies as a result of the accident and the other driver has left the scene, it is a second degree crime under N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1, Knowingly Leaving Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death.
As a second degree crime, a judge can sentence you to 5-10 years in prison if convicted, but your problems don’t end there.
Aside from being charged with leaving the scene, you may also be prosecuted for aggravated manslaughter or vehicular homicide, and any sentences handed down for multiple offenses must be served consecutively.
These types of charges have the capacity to destroy your life.
You have to work with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney who understands the intricacies of the law in this area, the problems that can arise in getting accurate statements from people who’ve just been involved in a car accident, and how prosecutors may try to twist events against you.
If you or a family member are facing charges for knowingly leaving scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation.