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Hit and Run

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If a driver is involved in an accident where damage or injury occurred, they cannot leave the scene of the accident without providing proper documentation to the other drivers or people involved. Leaving the scene of the accident without providing documentation can result in a "hit and run" charge. This is a criminal charge with significant fines, potential jail time, a criminal record, and points on your driving record.

California Vehicle Code: "Hit and Run"

California V.C. Section 20002 – When you are involved in an accident which results in property damage only (no injury or harm to other people), you are required to stop, locate the driver or owner of the property damaged, and provide proper documentation. However, if you cannot locate the driver, or owner of the vehicle, before you leave the scene, you have to:

  1. Leave a note on the vehicle or property damaged in a clearly visible location, with both the name and address of the driver and the owner of the vehicle involved;
  2. Include a description of what happened; and
  3. Report the incident to the police department in the city where the accident occurred or with the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

California V.C. Sections 20001, 20003 and 20004 – When the driver of a vehicle is involved in an accident which results in injury to, or death of another person, they are required to stop the vehicle at the scene of the incident. The driver is required to take all the actions necessary under Section 2002. In addition, the driver is required to render all reasonable aid to the injured parties.

Hit and Run Penalties

Hit and run charges can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. This will depend on the specific facts of the situation. Factors include if there was a resulting injury, the extent of the damage, and past criminal history of the driver.

Misdemeanor Hit and Run: When a driver leaves the scene of a minor accident where there were no physical injuries, this will most likely result in a misdemeanor charge. Penalties include possible jail time of up to six (6) months, and a fine of up to $1,000.

Felony Hit and Run: When a driver leaves the scene of an accident which resulted in serious injury or death of another person, this will likely be charged as a felony. Penalties include possible jail time of up to four (4) years, and a fine of up to $10,000.

Hit and Run Defense Lawyers

At Wapner Jones P.C., we have the skills, knowledge and professional representation to guide you through the legal process from beginning to end. If you have questions regarding a hit and run charge, or any other criminal case or investigation, do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a free consultation.

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