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If you have committed a Hit and Run, there are several ways the police department will contact you. A Hit and Run is a vehicle code violation under VC §20002 and 20003. In order to have committed a Hit and Run, you must have caused damage to property or injury to person, and fled the scene without leaving information. Just because you are contacted by the police department regarding a potential Hit and Run, it does not mean you are guilty, or have been charged. That will be determined thereafter.

Officers may contact you in one of three ways. The method is unique to each county and to each department. There are no uniform code sections or authority that require one specific method be used.

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If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, it will be listed as one of three different categories: infraction, misdemeanor or felony. Each level has different consequences and means something different if it remains on your record.

  1. Infractions

Infractions are the lowest level of criminal offenses. This class includes traffic tickets, and small offenses such as littering or jaywalking. Because it is the lowest level of criminal offenses, the potential consequences are low as well. A person who has been found guilty of an infraction will likely just pay a fine. They will not  be required to report it on applications and it will not show up on background searches.

If a person has been arrested for suspicion of a Los Angeles Hit and Run, they may be charged under one of two different vehicle codes: California Vehicle Code §20002 or California Vehicle code §20003. One section deals with damage to property, and one injury to person. Each requires its own set of requirements by a person who has caused damage or injury.If a person has not taken the steps as dictated under each statute, they may be charged with a Hit and Run and tried in Court.

California Vehicle Code §20002 requires a “driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person to immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident. The person must also give the following information to any traffic or police officer at the scene of the accident:

1.       Give his or her name, current residence address, the names and current residence addresses of any occupant of the driver’s vehicle injured in the accident

If you have been arrested for a Hit and Run, you could be charged under one of two statutes: California Vehicle Code §20002, and California Vehicle Code §20003. California Vehicle Code §20002 refers to cases in which there is damage to property, and California Vehicle Code §20003 refers to cases in which there is an injury to person.

Each statute outlines a range of potential consequences. It will not give a specific consequence because the sentence will depend on several factors. The court will take into consideration the person’s criminal background and the facts of the case. They will also consider the extent of the damage or injuries.

Under California Vehicle Code §20002, when there is damage to property, a person who is found guilty will be charged of a misdemeanor, and may be punished by imprisonment in county jail up to six months and/or a fine not exceeding $1,000.00.

As discussed in Part One, the traffic in Los Angeles can be a nightmare, and can result in a plethora of criminal offenses. The frustration and anger that stems from driving, and from “road rage” can cause a significant impact on your life in the form of criminal consequences. Although there is no specific statute that makes road rage unlawful, there are a plethora of offenses that can stem from your actions on the road.

Hit and Run

Many times a Los Angeles Hit and Run can be an added charge on top of an assault or battery, if the driver causes injury or damage and then fails to provide proper contact information. Under California Vehicle Code 20001 and 20002, a person who causes damage to someone’s property or injury to a person, and does not stop to provide assistance or contact information, may be found guilty of a Hit and Run. This could be an additional charge on top of assault, or battery. The potential sentence  will vary depending on whether there is injury to person, or damage to property and the extent of that damage or injury.

The traffic in Los Angeles can be a nightmare, and can often lead to anger and frustration as everyone rushes to get from one place to another. Oftentimes people will succumb to their frustration and let “road rage” take the better of them. What many people don’t know is that this behavior could result in a criminal conviction. Therefore, it is always a good idea to stay calm and in control of any situation while you are on the road.

Although there is no specific law against road rage, there are several offenses that could be driven by road rage.

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Many factors will influence prosecutors in how the charge a criminal offense. Most often it is the variable of injuries that will persuade their final decision. However, many times misdemeanors are overcharged as felonies, and a person ends up facing charges and proving innocence on a much higher charge than it should have been. This is why the services of a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer are crucial from the very beginning of your case.

When a person has been charged with an offense, the case will be submitted for review by the Prosecutors. The prosecutors will review the facts and make a determination of whether or not the case will move forward, and whether or not it will be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.

Misdemeanors:

If you have been arrested for a Hit and Run, you have not yet been convicted. A conviction can only be made after the Court has made a finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, or you have entered a plea of guilty or no contest.

Once a conviction has been made, it will go on your permanent record. You will then have to report it on applications for employment, for school and other institutions that require it. In addition, there will be a sentence that you will have to comply by. It can involve a fine, jail time, and probation. Once a sentence has been issued, you must complete the terms or you may be issued a bench warrant for failure to comply.

Fortunately, there are potential ways to avoid a conviction. The first step is to consult with a Los Angeles Hit and Run lawyer. A legal professional will have the knowledge and expertise to assess your case for potential defenses and weaknesses as well as provide a strong compelling argument in your favor.

If you have been charged with a Hit and Run in Los Angeles, you will be given a citation and a notice to appear in Court. This citation will state the time and which court house. This is not an optional appearance. You must appear on or before that date stated. This is called your arraignment.

At the arraignment, you will be asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. This will be entered after you have spoken to a Prosecutor about the potential sentence they are willing to give if you plead guilty that day.

How do you know this is a good offer? How do you know if the Court has followed proper procedural requirements and they are not violating your Constitutional rights? You know by hiring a Los Angeles Hit and Run Lawyer.

If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, you have the right to an attorney. This right is a very important one and is guaranteed to each and every person charged with an offense in the United States. The criminal justice system is complicated, it is complex and afford many great protections to persons being charged. However, unless you are an experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney, you may be confused and even frustrated with the whole situation.

A legal professional has the reputation and the education to be able to make the entire process much easier and stress free for someone who is awaiting a Judgment. There are many ways in which an attorney can help.

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