We have many calls from persons accused of
Hit and Run, a violation of § 20002 of the California Vehicle Code, a misdemeanor.
It is required by law if you are in an accident which causes damage to
any property, without impeding traffic, stop at the nearest location and
notify the person in charge of the damaged property.
First, attempt to locate the vehicle or property owner. Then, exchange
information (i.e. driver’s license number, insurance information,
phone number, address, etc.).
If you are unable to locate the owner (i.e. you struck a parked vehicle)
you must leave a written note with your name and phone number. Contact
law enforcement and report the accident.
There are several defenses to hit and run charges including, but not limited
to, “I did not know I was involved in an accident.”
For instance, as you are driving, you heard a noise but failed to notice
that you had swiped a parked vehicle when looking back in the mirror.
Or, you backed into a fence that resulted in damage as soon as you pulled
out, but didn’t see the damage.
Other defenses include 1) you were not driving the car or 2) you thought
there was a collision but thought there was no damage.
If convicted of § 20002 the penalties can be severe including up to
6 months in county jail, a $1,000 fine plus penalties and restitution
Many times a potential client will call and tell our office that a law
enforcement officer called and/or go to their house as they wanted to
talk with him/her. CALL our office immediately without speaking the officer.
You have a right to not talk the officer without an attorney being present.
We have avoided charges being filed for Hit and Run if the potential client
talked to our office first.
For more information,
contact our Dublin criminal defense lawyer at the
Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse and schedule a consultation today.