Hit & Run Charges in California
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A hit and run is always a serious traffic offense. Punishment for anyone
who flees an accident includes jail or prison time, steep fines, and driver’s
license suspension for a long time. The severity of these penalties depends
on the specific circumstances of the accident in question.
If you have been arrested for a hit and run accident,
Campbell Whitten is committed to helping you either get your entire case dismissed or your
charges significantly reduced. Our
Bakersfield criminal defense attorneys can evaluate your case and determine all of your available legal options
to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Types of Hit & Run Charges
There are three types of offenses related in hit and run accidents in California:
hit and run causing property damage, hit and run causing injury, as well
as hit and run causing serious bodily injury or death. Aside from hit
and run causing property damage, the other two crimes are considered “wobblers,”
meaning the prosecution may charge the defendant with either a misdemeanor
or felony, depending on the seriousness of the injuries and damages.
Hit and run causing property damage is considered a misdemeanor. If you
are found guilty, you could face a maximum jail sentence of six months,
fine of up to $1,000, and license suspension.
A misdemeanor violation for hit and run causing injury results in a maximum
jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $10,000. A felony violation
is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of three years and a fine of
up to $10,000.
A misdemeanor violation for hit and run causing serious bodily injury or
death results in a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up
to $10,000. A felony violation is punishable by a maximum prison sentence
of four years and a fine of up to $10,000.
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Additional consequences of a hit and run conviction include acquiring points
on your driving record, getting sued by anyone injured in the accident,
and sustaining increased insurance premiums. Do not risk facing these
serious consequences without experienced legal assistance.
Contact us and schedule a free consultation immediately.