Hit & Run Defense Attorney in Sacramento, CA
Under California law, there are two different types of hit and run charges – misdemeanor hit and runand felony hit and run.
Misdemeanor Hit And Run
Misdemeanor hit and run occurs when another person’s property was damaged in a vehicular accident, and you leave the scene without exchanging information or identifying yourself to the person whose property was damaged.
Felony Hit And Run
Felony hit and run charges are similar, but there is one key difference:
To be charged with a felony hit and run, the accident must cause bodily injury or death.
If only property is damaged, the hit and run cannot be charged as a felony.
Hit and Run Penalties
Even if you are convicted of a misdemeanor hit and run charge, the penalties imposed can be very serious:
- you will have a permanent criminal record
- you can be charged a fine of up to $1,000
- you can be punished with up to six months time in a county jail
A felony hit and run carries steeper penalties:
- you can be charged a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000
- and/or up to three to four years in state prison
Defense Strategies Against Hit And Run Charges
There are many scenarios that can be used by a skilled criminal defense lawyer to have hit and run charges dismissed or reduced, including but not limited to the following:
- It was only your car that was damaged in the accident, and no other people were injured or property was damaged
- You were not aware that the accident caused any damage, or that an accident had taken place
- It was not you who was involved in the accident
Protect yourself, your freedom and your rights by retaining a skilled criminal defense lawyer who can give your case the time and attention it deserves.
Jennifer Mouzis is available to immediately review your case.