Hit and Run
Central Valley DUI Defense Across Kings, Madera, and Tulare Counties
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:
- 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;
- Include a description of what happened; and
- 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
Fill out our online contact form today, or
call (559) 257-4707.