Involved in a Hit and Run? Getting the Right Legal Advice is Crucial

In California, the offense of hit and run is committed when a person is involved in a collision and leaves the scene of the accident and fails to exchange information.  The crime is defined in Vehicle Code 20002.   The crime is relatively common in Torrance and the South bay, particularly when the involved party has been drinking or does not possess insurance or a California Drivers  license.  California Law regards the crime as a misdemeanor if significant  property damage is involved, and a felony if physical injury is caused by the collision.

A commonly asked question about the offense of hit and run  is whether the involved party should report the car stolen following the accident.  This is never advisable in that the report could result in additional felony charges if you are caught, this is simply compounding the intial mistake.  The best advice a person can be given is to see an attorney who can advise the individual of proper courses of action.  Routinely, a detective or police investigator will call the suspected party in an attempt to extract inculpatory or incriminating admissions.  Here, again the person would be well advised to have a hit and run lawyer on retainer to act as an insulator from law enforcement and the danger of bad decisions.  Having the right advice during this stressful and frightening event is crucial to a positive outcome of the case.  A lawyer familiar with the specific issues and important concerns a person has facing life changing choices, can make all the difference in hit and run cases.

About thetorranceattorney

Matthew Ruff is a Torrance criminal defense attorney located near the 405 freeway on Crenshaw Blvd. Focusing on DUI and serious criminal cases for over twenty years. In addition to criminal cases, Matthew also defends clients at the DMV.
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