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Hit and Run Defense

Being involved in a hit and run is scary. It's common for people who get into accidents to not think clearly and leave the scene of an accident. People involved in hit and run accidents choose to leave the scene for many reasons. They can be worrying about getting a DUI, being caught without a license (or a suspended license), and there are some who leave because they're just afraid.

If you are accused or suspected of a Hit and Run, call us at (800) 458-1488 immediately!

In California, the law states that anyone involved in a car accident stay at the scene, no matter who was at fault, and exchange license and insurance information. Leaving the scene is a crime. The type of crime you could be charged with in a hit and run depends on the scene you left behind. If the accident didn't injure anyone, your hit and run will probably be charged as a misdemeanor. If the accident did injure someone, you will most likely be facing felony charges.

If you've made the mistake of driving away from an accident, you are not alone. This happens every day all over the state of California. What you should do next is contact an experienced defense attorney who has handled many hit and run cases. You need Criminal Defense Incorporated. Call us at (800) 458-1488.

California Hit-and-Run Laws

California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) says:

"The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."

This means that any car leaving the scene of an accident before police arrive has committed a crime. The law also says that drivers are required to do what they can to help anyone injured in the accident. You don't have to pull someone out of wreckage; helping the victim could be simple as calling 911. Hit and run victims often die at the scene from not getting medical attention right away. Don't ever let this happen to someone else on the road.

California Hit-and-Run Statistics

In the last year statistics are available (2010), the California Highway Patrol reported almost 15,000 hit and run accidents across the state. Those accidents killed 150 people. More than half were pedestrians. Los Angeles reported the most hit and run crashes and injuries. Over 4,000 accidents happened in the City of Angels.

California Hit and Run Facts

Here are a few important things about California hit and runs:

  • You could be charged with a hit and run even if the person injured in the accident was your passenger.
  • There is a gray area that allows you to leave the scene of an accident: if you leave to seek medical attention for you or someone in your car. This is an emergency situation where you can't avoid leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Penal Code 2002 applies to hit and run accidents that involve property damage. The damaged item doesn't have to be another car. If you hit a fence, mailbox, or someone's pet and leave the scene, you can be charged with misdemeanor hit and run.

Hit and run accidents can get legally complex. You'll need an experienced defense attorney to help you. Criminal Defense Incorporated can stand up for you by standing beside you through your entire case. We've helped many people get charges reduced or completely dropped. Let us help you.

Contact us at (800) 458-1488.


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