Hit & Run

In most hit and run situations, there is a rational and sometimes even legal justification for leaving the scene of an accident. Law enforcement however has little interest in obtaining both sides of the story. The state of California does require drivers of a car involved in an accident to stop their car at the scene regardless of the seriousness of the accident. A hit and run can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on physical injury of people other than the accused driver.

A felony hit-and-run charge is typically brought where there is physical injury to someone other than the accused person. Such charge can carry a maximum of three years in prison. If the accident results in death or permanent, serious injury, a person can face a maximum sentence of four years or more. Misdemeanor charges are brought when the only resulting damage as to property. A hit and run can be charged if a person flees the accident scene even if not at fault in causing the accident.

If you have been accused of leaving the scene of an accident you should contact an attorney immediately. Often with the passage of time, it becomes more difficult to prove a lawful reason for leaving.

The law requires that a person involved in the accident:

  1. Stop immediately at scene where accident occurred,
  2. Show your driver’s license or alternate identification to the parties involved in the accident or to a police officer on scene,
  3. Provide reasonable assistance to anyone injured, and
  4. Provide the name and current address of the owner of the vehicle involved in accident and the registration number of the vehicle.

The reasonable assistance required simply means doing what would be expected of a reasonable person.

Our attorneys are familiar and experienced handling all levels of hit and run charges. Contact us so that we may start working on your case. In certain cases involving property damage only we may be able to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charges to infractions upon proof that restitution was paid. In more serious cases we may be able to show that the injured party did not suffer the level of injury initially claimed. Contact our attorneys today so that we can discuss your individual situations. Consultations with our attorneys concerning your hit and run cases are always confidential and free.