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    Potential Consequences of Hit-and-Run Charges in California

    Posted on: March 16th, 2024 by Dod Law

    Hit-and-Run Charges in California | San Diego | Orange County

    Hit-and-Run Charges in California

    Hit-and-run incidents in California are serious offenses with potentially severe consequences. When you’re involved in a traffic collision, California law requires you to stop and exchange information with the other party. Failing to do so can lead to hit-and-run charges, which carry penalties varying from fines and restitution to significant jail or prison time, depending on whether the incident involved property damage, injury, or death.   Learn more about hit-and-run charges in California. 

    At Dod Law, we specialize in navigating the complexities of criminal defense, including hit-and-run cases. Our commitment is to provide not only legal representation but also guidance and support throughout the legal process. We aim to mitigate the consequences you face, utilizing our extensive experience to advocate for the best possible outcome in your case.

    Understanding the Degrees of Hit-and-Run Charges in California

    California distinguishes between two types of hit-and-run offenses: those involving only property damage and those resulting in injury or death. For incidents involving only property damage, offenders may face misdemeanor charges, including fines up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. However, when an accident causes injury or death, the stakes are significantly higher. These cases can lead to felony charges, with penalties including fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and up to four years in state prison. 

    Moreover, beyond the immediate legal penalties, a hit-and-run conviction can have lasting effects on your life. A felony conviction, for instance, may result in the loss of certain civil rights, like voting or owning firearms. Furthermore, your driving privileges may be significantly impacted. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may suspend or revoke your driver’s license, a decision influenced by the severity of the incident and your driving history. This can affect your ability to commute, maintain employment, and carry out daily activities.

    Legal defenses in hit-and-run cases often hinge on demonstrating lack of knowledge, mistakes of fact, or other circumstances that negate culpability. For example, a defendant might argue they were unaware they had been involved in an accident or believed no damage had occurred. Additionally, mitigating factors such as voluntary surrender or efforts to repair harm can influence the court’s decision, potentially leading to reduced charges or penalties. 

    Mitigating the Impact Through Legal Defense

    The role of a skilled defense attorney in a hit-and-run case cannot be overstated. An attorney can work to challenge the evidence, argue for the dismissal or reduction of charges, and advocate for alternative penalties such as probation or community service. This proactive approach can be pivotal in achieving a favorable outcome, preserving your freedom, and minimizing the long-term consequences of a conviction.

    Furthermore, an experienced attorney can also explore and present mitigating factors that could significantly influence the outcome of your case. These factors might include your clean driving record, lack of criminal history, or the circumstances leading up to the incident that demonstrate a lack of malicious intent. Presenting these factors effectively requires a deep understanding of both the law and the nuances of the judicial process. It’s about painting a comprehensive picture of the situation and the individual involved, aimed at humanizing the defendant and illustrating the complexity of the situation beyond the charges at hand. 

    Dod Law Is Here to Fight For You After a Hit-and-Run Charge

    Choosing Dod Law to represent you in your hit-and-run case means partnering with a firm that has a deep understanding of California’s legal landscape and a commitment to defending your rights. With 19 years of experience, we have the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of your case. Our approach is to work closely with you, offering personalized advice and crafting a defense strategy tailored to your unique situation.

    By choosing us, you’re not just hiring an attorney; you’re gaining an advocate who will stand by your side throughout the legal process. We believe in the power of a strong defense and are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. If you’re facing hit-and-run charges in California, let Dod Law help you navigate this challenging time. 

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