Hit and Run Defense in Los Angeles County
BURBANK CRIMINAL DEFENSE
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.
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
(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 involved parties.
(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
(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 requirements.
(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 insurance premiums.
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
Representation outside the area:
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County Law Firm for all criminal offenses.
Toll Free at 1-877-617-4485