Hit and Run Lawyer in Beverly Hills
California Penalties for Hit and Run Charges
While drunk driving charges in California are already serious, an additional hit and run allegation can lead to increased penalties. According to Vehicle Code Section 20001, a driver who gets into an accident with another car has a duty to stop and assist the other driver, as well as give them necessary information. A driver that does not follow this procedure may be charged with hit and run.
If the hit and run did not involve any serious injuries or death, then the hit and run could be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, known as a wobbler offense. For a misdemeanor, a conviction could result in up to a year in jail, however; a felony could result in three years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. A hit and run accident that involved a serious injury or death may also be filed as a wobbler, depending on the accident. In this case, the driver can face penalties of at least 90 days of imprisonment and fines of $1000 or more. A hit and run with no injuries can only be processed as a misdemeanor.
Hit and Run Defense
There are a number of different legal strategies that our DUI lawyers can use to protect you against your hit and run charge. First, we may be able to prove that did not cause the hit and run. This may be difficult if police have their license number or can prove that you were at the scene of the accident. Another defense might be that you had no knowledge of the accident. To be convicted, the prosecution must be able to show that you were aware that the accident took place. You and your legal representative may also be able to convince the prosecution that there were extenuating circumstances like an extreme injury.
Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to defend against a hit and run since fleeing the scene often suggests guilty to police officers. In addition, if you use your insurance company to pay damages, then police can use your insurance information as evidence of your guilt. In light of this, make sure that you have a competent attorney from our side by your side. We understand that this could greatly affect your future, so we do all that we can to get your charges dropped or reduced.
Our DUI lawyers can defend you!
Those who have been charged with DUI and hit and run may be facing a lengthy prison sentence, hefty fines, and license suspension. With over 15 years of experience, you can rest assured that our legal team of professionals can give you sound counsel. In the past, we have been able to keep officers from filing the case at all!
Our Beverly Hills criminal defense lawyers welcome your calls at any time, as we are available to answer your questions 24/7. Your case is our first priority! Call now to get your free case evaluation.