A misdemeanor hit and run in the State of California is a serious matter. Though a misdemeanor type hit and run usually involves no bodily injury to those involved; California law imposes strict penalties on these types of offenses. It is often within the accused's best interest to consult an attorney for an accusation involving this crime.
One example of a misdemeanor hit and run involves the accused hitting property belonging to the victim, such as a parked car. These types of incidents are covered under California Vehicle Code (VC) 20002 VC. Under this code, conviction of this crime can result in the following:
- Up to three years probation
- Up to six months incarceration
- Up to $1,000 fines as well as court assessed penalties
- Order of restitution paid to the owners of the vehicle or property damaged during the hit and run
- At least two points added to the driver's license of the accused
If you decide to attempt and defend yourself and forgo legal counsel, most often you can expect the maximum of these penalties imposed. For first offenders of a misdemeanor hit and run of this type, most accused will avoid jail time, but the cost of fines, court imposed restitution, and points which can increase insurance premiums quickly add up; often exceeding the cost of retaining an attorney to defend your case.
It is important to remember each individual case is unique. In order to reach the best possible outcome for your case, it is imperative to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis, we understand your concerns when faced with criminal charges. We offer a free consultation regarding your case and will fight relentlessly to help you get the best outcome for your individual situation.
Our office is located near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, California. We represent individuals charged with Criminal Offenses, DUI and Juvenile Matters in the Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Corona and Riverside areas. Please, contact us for more information.