Hit and Run
Traffic collisions are a part of every-day life in Orange County, but when a person chooses to flee the scene of a crime after a car accident, they expose themselves to being prosecuted for charges that can have a negative impact on several aspects of a their life. Even if that person is not guilty, failing to provide an adequate defense for compelling evidence can result in a wrongful conviction. If convicted, it may become more difficult to obtain employment, housing, education, and several other benefits reserved for citizens without a criminal history. To have the best chance of success, those facing charges would be better served by hiring an experienced hit and run defense attorney.
At Defense Attorneys Orange County, our defense attorneys have worked with countless alleged criminals with a great deal of success. Defense Attorneys Orange County is a previous prosecutor for the county of Riverside and uses his experience as a prosecutor to bring insider knowledge to every client that he represents. His relationships with courtroom staff, arresting officers, and the prosecution themselves are all advantages that Defense Attorneys Orange County clients have on their side.
Hit and Run Penalties
A hit and run can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony offense. If a person is found guilty of fleeing the scene of an accident and is issued a misdemeanor they may face incarceration in a county jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $10,000.00. If a person is seriously injured or dies as a result of a collision and a driver leaves the scene, they can be charged with a felony hit and run offense that can result in imprisonment for up to four years and a fine of up to $10,000.00.
Hit and Run Legal Defenses
Hit and run attorneys can use several different defenses to prove their client’s innocence, depending upon the specific circumstance of each case. To obtain a guilty conviction, prosecutors must prove that the defendant was driving a vehicle that was involved in a collision and that they were aware that they were involved in a collision. If the defendants vehicle was the only one with damage or evidence cannot prove that the defendant was involved, a hit and run charge has the possibility of being dismissed without any further charges.
If you or your loved have been charged with a hit and run misdemeanor or felony offense, speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney is in your best interest. Our attorneys provide free legal case evaluations for up to one hour.