How can you be charged with Hit and Run in the Sacramento area?
If you were the driver of a vehicle and got into an accident which resulted in damage to another car or property, you are required under California Vehicle Code Section 20002 to:
- Stop your car at the nearest possible location
- Identify yourself to the other party or parties.
- If the other party is present at the scene of the accident, you must also provide him or her with your driver’s license number and vehicle registration information upon request.
- If the other party is not available at the scene of the accident, you must leave “in a conspicuous place” your name and current address.
- You must report the accident to the local police department or the California Highway Patrol.
While hit and run usually applies to an accidents between vehicles, it can also include accidents involving government property such as a lamp post or personal property such as a home. Remember, that after an accident you should never simply drive away — even if you don’t think it was your fault.
What are the penalties for Hit and Run in Sacramento?
Hit and Run can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor if there was only property damage or as a felony if there was also bodily injury or death. Jail time can range from 6 months to 4 years depending upon the circumstances.
Many people are unaware of the reporting requirements while others — in the heat of the moment — choose not to follow them. Regardless of your situation, if you didn’t follow all of these requirements, we can still help you. As with all criminal cases, these penalties are simply guidelines and a defense attorney experienced in defending these charges will fight to help you avoid these penalties all together or negotiate a much better outcome.
Call 24/7 for a free consultation with a Sacramento hit and run attorney to discuss your options.
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