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Hit and Run

If you or a loved one has been charged with a hit and run, you should promptly contact Orange County hit and run attorney William Weinberg. Mr. Weinberg has extensive experience defending those who have been charged with a hit and run in California. The crime of hit and run usually involves a person causing an accident and then fleeing the scene of the accident without sharing his information or rendering aid to the other party involved in the accident. In California, the number of accidents involving a part hitting another vehicle and running is approximately double the national average due to the abundance of unlicensed, underinsured, or illegal aliens driving vehicles and causing accidents.

A hit and run can be charged as either a felony or as a misdemeanor. When determining whether to charge a hit and run as a misdemeanor or as a felony, the prosecution looks at a person's criminal history, the severity of the physical injury he caused to the other party, the property damage caused by the accident, and whether the person was drinking and driving or under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. So, if you want a better chance of reducing your drunk driving charge from a felony to a misdemeanor, you should promptly contact an attorney so that he can negotiate with the prosecutor to lessen the charges against you or have them dropped completely. Mr. Weinberg has extensive experience defending those who've been charged with hit and run in California. So, for the best possible outcome, please contact Orange County Hit and Run Lawyer William Weinberg.

Misdemeanor vs Felony Hit and Run

In California, those who are involved in a hit and run that does not cause any injuries but result in property damage, can be charged with misdemeanor hit and run. Misdemeanor hit and run can be punished with six (6) months in county jail and a fine of up to $1000.

However, if you're involved in a hit and run accident that causes a fatality or injruy to another party, the prosecution has the option of bringing felony hit and run charges against you. If the accident you're involved in only caused minor injuries, you can be punished with one (1) year in county jail or state prison, as well as a fine ranging from $1000 to $10,000. However, if the accident you're involved in causes serious injury to the other party, you can be sent to prison for two (2), three (3), or four (4) years, as well as having to pay a fine of up to $10,000. Also, if the injury caused by the hit and run is severe or results in a fatality, the judge has the discretion to impose an additional five (5) years of imprisonment.

Consequences of a Hit and Run Conviction

In addition to the legal consequences an individual may face for causing a hit and run accident, an individual can also suffer consequences from the DMV. The DMV has the discretion to suspend an individual's driver's license for six months if an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony hit and run.

Also, if convicted of a hit run, the DMV will add two (2) points to a person's driving record. These points, as well as conviction, increase the cost of insurance as insurance companies will classify a person as a high-risk driver. Having two points on your driving record makes it more likely that you'll lose your license because a person can have a maximum of four points on his license within a 12-month period.

Hit and run accidents can result in a split second, yet cause consequences that can last a lifetime. When people hear hit and run, they automatically assume that the person involved in the accident was driving recklessly or that he was intoxicated. While that might be true some of the time, many times, drivers are unaware that they were even involved in an accident or that they caused any injuries or property damages.

Duties of Drivers in California

Drivers in California have a responsibility to drive responsibly, and if an accident occurs, they have a duty to stop at the scene of an accident, exchange information, and render assistance. Leaving the scene of an accident without providing your information or rendering assistance, could lead to criminal hit and run charges being filed against you. To avoid this situation, exchange information and render aid if possible. However, we know that there are many situations where this isn't possible or if you didn't know you were involved in an accident. Regardless, you need to contact an attorney immediately if you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run accident.

Contact an Attorney

The punishment for being convicted of a hit and run is severe, so to protect your legal interests, you should immediately contact Orange County hit and run lawyer William Weinberg to represent you. Mr. Weinberg may be able to have the charges against you dropped or reduced, depending on the facts of your case.

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