Vehicular Assault in New Jersey
If you are involved in an accident, you have a duty to remain at the scene of the accident, to report the accident, and to identity yourself to witnesses and the police.
Knowingly Leaving the Scene of An Accident
If you were operating a motor vehicle and have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey, which resulted in serious bodily injury to another, and you left the scene of the accident, you can be charged with the third degree offense of Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, in violation of N.J.S.A 2C:12-1.1. “Serious Bodily Injury” means bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member of organ. The law does not require that you are aware that someone was hurt or injured.
Aggravated Assault and Assault by Auto
In addition to being charged with Knowingly leaving the Scene of an Accident, the law specifically permits the State to also charge you with Aggravated Assault, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), or Assault by Auto under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(c) as separate offenses. These charges may be crimes of the second, third, or fourth degree depending on the severity of the offense. What’s more, if you are charged with these separate offenses and are found guilty, a court is required to impose sentences for those convictions consecutively. Meaning, sentences are served back to back rather than “concurrently,” or at the same time.
If you have been charged with a vehicular assault charge in Burlington County, call our Criminal Defense team at Daniel M. Rosenberg & Associates in Burlington County.