The Vehicle Code statutes that make it unlawful to commit a Los Angeles Hit and Run also outline a range of potential penalties that a Court may impose. The sentence is stated as a range because it would not be reasonable to expect that every offense would warrant the same type of consequence, if convicted.
The court looks at several factors when determining where in the range the final sentence will fall. The Court will consider the specific facts of the case and the person’s criminal background. These facts are presented by both the Prosecutor and your Los Angeles Hit and Run attorney through evidence and testimony.
The Court will then consider the evidence and issue a sentence. Of course, this is only if a person has been convicted. As a reminder, if you have been arrested for a Hit and Run, that does not mean you are guilty or that you have been convicted. It simply means that officers have a reasonable suspicion that you are guilty of the offense. It must still be proven in Court that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, or you would have to enter a plea of guilty, to be convicted. It is only once, and if, convicted, then a sentence can be issued.