Hit and Run Defense in Los Angeles County
If you have been accused of leaving the scene of an accident this is a
crime in California commonly referred to as "hit and run".
Thousands of hit and run accidents occur in Los Angeles in any
given year. The offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony
depending upon whether injury resulted and the value of the damage.
Before you speak to the police you should consult with a Lawyer.
Our Los Angeles Lawyers have defended over 200 hit and run cases
over the past fifteen years. In many cases we can go to Court on
your behalf and work to get the charges dismissed.
A Burbank hit and run investigation can take several weeks and the
outcome can mean that an arrest warrant can be issued by a Judge
and the police can pick you up at your place of work or at your
home in the middle of the night. The good news is that a lawyer can
intervene and help to avoid an arrest and resolve the incident with
little or no scar on your permanent record or a DMV point that can
result in insurance cancellation.
Most folks are unaware of the law and their requirements in the
event that an auto accident takes place.
California Vehicle Code § 20002 provides:
(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only
in damage to any property, including vehicles, shall immediately stop
the vehicle at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or
otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists. Moving the
vehicle in accordance with this subdivision does not affect the
question of fault. The driver shall also immediately do either of the
(1) Locate and notify the owner or person in charge of that property
of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle
involved and, upon locating the driver of any other vehicle involved
or the owner or person in charge of any damaged property, upon
being requested, present his or her driver's license, and vehicle
registration, to the other driver, property owner, or person in charge
of that property. The information presented shall include the current
residence address of the driver and of the registered owner. If the
registered owner of an involved vehicle is present at the scene, he or
she shall also, upon request, present his or her driver's license
information, if available, or other valid identification to the other
(2) Leave in a conspicuous place on the vehicle or other property
damaged a written notice giving the name and address of the driver
and of the owner of the vehicle involved and a statement of the
circumstances thereof and shall without unnecessary delay notify the
police department of the city wherein the collision occurred or, if the
collision occurred in unincorporated territory, the local headquarters
of the Department of the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles
(b) Any person who parks a vehicle which, prior to the vehicle again
being driven, becomes a runaway vehicle and is involved in an
accident resulting in damage to any property, attended or unattended,
shall comply with the requirements of this section relating to
notification and reporting and shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable
to the penalties of this section for failure to comply with the
(c) Any person failing to comply with all the requirements of this
section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall
be punished by imprisonment in the Los Angeles county jail not
exceeding six months, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand
dollars ($1,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.
If you have been involved in leaving the scene of an accident or "hit
and run", call us or contact a Local Burbank Criminal Defense
Lawyer today for a free initial consultation. In many cases we can
intervene if we are retained early enough, and negotiate a dismissal of
the criminal charges or minimize the impact by helping to avoid the
more serious consequences such as jail and loss of drivers license.
We aggressively and discreetly defend all hit and run accident cases
within Los Angeles County and have obtained actual dismissals of
criminal charges in well over 100 cases. If you are convicted of the
criminal charge of hit and run, VC 20002, you will have the negative
consequences of 2 points on your DMV record as well as higher
Our local Los Angeles Hit and Run Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles
can give you immediate answers to your questions and provide
options that may keep you out of jail and save your license and
criminal record. We can provide immediate information about
whether you should file a police report, report the incident to your
insurance company, among many other concerns.
Call today at 1-877-617-4485
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20 Years Experience in Criminal Law