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Hit & Run Charges in California

Let Our Bakersfield Criminal Defense Attorneys Protect Your Rights & Freedom

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.

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