According to the California Vehicle Code, the crime of hit-and-run occurs when an individual who has been involved in an motor vehicle accident, fails to stop and fulfill certain duties imposed by law. It can apply to accidents resulting in property damage only (VC Section 20002), or to accidents resulting in bodily injury or death (VC Section 20001).
Charges can be brought against you whether or not you were at fault for the accident. If you have been charged with the crime of hit and run, it is important to consult with an experienced Temecula criminal defense lawyer. At the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis, we have been practicing criminal law since 1999. We can help you understand your rights and options, and we will aggressively fight for your case.
Hit and Run Attorney in Temecula: Leaving the Scene
Severity of the penalties for hit and run can depend on the seriousness of the circumstances. The maximum penalty for misdemeanor hit and run causing property damage only is 6 months in the county jail, or a fine of $1,000, or both. A conviction for hit and run resulting in death or permanent, serious injury could mean up to 4 years in state prison, or a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
Conviction for hit and run after vehicular manslaughter could mean an additional, consecutive 5-year prison term. Regardless of the circumstances involved, if you have been charged with hit and run, it is in your best interest to get competent legal representation.
Defenses Against Charges of Hit and Run
Various facts can be part of a hit and run defense. For a misdemeanor, examples can include damage sustained to your vehicle only, no knowledge of property damage or involvement, or someone else was using your vehicle. Each situation is unique and the defense will depend on the circumstances of your case.
Our law office is located near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta and we represent individuals from the Riverside County cities of Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Perris, Hemet, Banning, Corona and Riverside.
Contact our office now if you have been charged with hit and run. We can help.
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