Have you or a loved one received a letter in the mail or a call from a Detective for an allegation of violating Vehicle Code Section 20002, also known as Hit and Run? You need a passionate, aggressive, and Experienced Los Angeles Hit and Run Lawyer today to protect your interests and ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Let the
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What is a “Hit and Run”?
A Hit and Run can turn a basic accident into a criminal offense. Depending on the facts and circumstances, it can be charged as a Misdemeanor or Felony. When it comes to a Hit and Run, people often wonder what exactly that entails. Typically, a person charged with a Hit and Run is one who has been driving a vehicle and has failed to stop and exchange information, as required by law. If there is no injury involved, it is
generally filed as a Misdemeanor. If injury is involved, it is generally filed
as a Felony.
Common questions include:
- Is it still considered a Hit and Run if it was not my fault?
- What if the damage was extremely minimal?
- How can they track me down?
The reality is that whether its your fault or somebody else’s, you must stop and exchange information with the other party involved. Let your insurance company sort out the other details. If you believe you are not at fault, and you have been injured as a result, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Even if the damage is extremely minimal, you want to play it safe and exchange your driver’s license and insurance information. The consequence for not providing information can and may very well be charged as a criminal offense—no matter how minimal the damage is.
You can be tracked by way of your license plate number. Additionally, depending on where your accident occurred, there are street cameras and other types of surveillance in places you would never expect that can record your vehicle’s information. Bystanders or people in the immediate area can also take down your information.
What does the Prosecutor Need to Prove?
Anytime you are charged with a crime, a Prosecutor needs to have a good faith belief that they can proceed on the charge and prove it “beyond a reasonable doubt.” For a Hit and Run, a Prosecutor is required to show two things:
- An accident occurred resulting in injury to someone’s person or property.
- You knowingly left the scene of said accident.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES FOR A HIT AND RUN?
Misdemeanor Hit & Run Charges are punishable by a maximum of six (6) months in County Jail, up to a $1000 fine, and up to three (3) years of Summary Probation. Finally, you can also be hit with two (2) points on your driving record, causing a rise in your insurance rates. If it is a Misdemeanor Hit and Run with Injury then you face at least 90 days in County Jail, with a maximum of 1 year. For Felony Hit and Run with Injury up to
four (4) years in Prison.
This is why it is important to reach out to an Experienced Los Angeles Hit and Run Attorney today to maximize your chances of success and minimize your exposure to possible jail/prison time, fines, and more. Call Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills at (310) 899-9529.
Los Angeles Felony Hit and Run Lawyer
If your Hit and Run involves an accident that causes an injury, you are likely facing Felony charges under Vehicle Code Section 20001. The consequences for a Felony Hit and Run can be much more severe—often times resulting in jail time or even prison time depending on the facts and circumstances.
The requirements are similar as to that of a Misdemeanor Hit and Run, however, a Felony Hit and Run additionally necessitates the knowledge that the accident resulted in physical injury to another individual. This knowledge can be actual or constructive. In other words, if you knew or even should have known that someone was injured, that is enough.
For example, if the impact of the accident was so severe that your car was a “total loss” and you fled the scene, the Prosecutor will try and argue that you should have known that someone was injured as a result of your actions.
Call An Experienced Los Angeles Hit and Run Attorney
If you or a loved one have been involved in a Hit and Run accident, call an experienced Los Angeles Hit and Run Attorney today to guide you through the process right away. Even if you have not been charged, you may be under investigation and having strong legal representation can make all the difference in the world. Call Now for a FREE 1-hour Consultation with an Experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney.