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In California, Vehicle Code 20002 VC defines hit-and-run incidents as leaving the scene of an accident without first identifying oneself to the other party or parties involved. The law applies irrespective of who was at fault and includes any damage to personal property or parked vehicles. 

For instance, if you accidentally backed into another car in a parking lot and drove away without leaving a note on the vehicle with your contact information, this would be considered a hit-and-run incident. Likewise, if you collided with another vehicle while driving and left the scene without stopping to render aid or exchange information, you could be charged with a felony. 

In either case, criminal charges could result in jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record that could negatively impact your future. At Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, we can help you potentially minimize the consequences with a strategic defense strategy. 

We are available online or at (310) 361-3068 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Torrance hit-and-run defense lawyer. 

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How Hit and Run Is Charged in California

The severity of a hit-and-run charge depends upon the extent of the damage caused. It is typically treated as a misdemeanor if the incident resulted only in property damage. However, if the hit-and-run resulted in injury or death, it escalates to a felony charge.

Misdemeanor penalties can include up to 6 months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. 

On the other hand, a felony hit-and-run, according to California Vehicle Code Section 20001 VC, can lead to up to three years in prison or four years if the accident results in death or serious bodily injury. Fines can range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Potential Penalties for California Hit and Run

A few strategic defenses may apply against hit-and-run charges. Not knowing that an accident occurred or that you caused harm can be a valid defense in some cases. Another common defense is that someone else drove your vehicle during the accident.

We Work to Seek Optimum Outcomes

Engaging attorneys with proven records can be instrumental in dealing with hit-and-run cases. These professionals are adept in legal nuances and can evaluate your case, gather evidence, and act as your advocate. An experienced defender can potentially challenge the charges and can either seek to have them reduced or dismissed or negotiate with the prosecution to minimize the penalties. 

Hit-and-run charges in California are serious business and should be dealt with promptly and professionally. Engaging legal help can significantly affect how your case unfolds and eventually concludes. 

If you have been involved in a hit-and-run incident, reach out to Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP in Torrance, serving the South Bay and Los Angeles County. Our team of attorneys has decades of experience and the knowledge, skills, and resources you need during this challenging time. 

Talk to a Torrance hit-and-run defense lawyer about your case by contacting us at (310) 361-3068

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