Santa Monica Hit & Run Lawyer
Charged With Hit and Run?
Whenever an individual is involved in an accident and leaves the scene without fulfilling his or her legal obligations it is considered a hit and run. These obligations can include the exchange of relevant personal and vehicle information, leaving a note with such information in the case of a damaged parked car, or in staying with an injured party until the authorities arrive in the case of an accident involving injury. Hit and run in California can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on whether the accident caused serious injury or death to another. Charged with misdemeanor hit and run one would be facing up to 6 months of jail time, up to $1,000 in fines and two points on one's driving record, in addition to possible restitution for property damages caused.
In a felony case, one would be facing fines of up to $10,000 dollars and prison time of up to 3 years, along with potential restitution for property damages and 2 points on one's driving record. There is also the potential in a hit and run case of an individual being sued in civil court by any persons injured in the accident. Needless to say, hit and run is a very serious offense, and if you or a loved is facing these charges it is essential that you contact a Santa Monica criminal defense lawyer at once to get knowledgeable legal defense.
Contact a Santa Monica criminal defense attorney at the firm if you have been charged with hit and run and need trusted legal representation.