If you were involved in a hit and run there are many things you need to know. First, the crime of leaving the scene after an accident is defined in California Vehicle Code 20001. The offense is committed when you or someone else leaves an accident without exchanging information with the other party, or if no other party is around, leaving a note and immediately reporting the incident to law enforcement. Yes, it is not enough to simply leave your contact information with the other car, you must also contact the police if the incident occurred in Los Angeles City or CHP if the collision took place in a County area.
What if you flee but later want to go to the Police and report the accident? Unfortunately, the crime occurs when you run and do not immediately report. Showing up the next morning or hours later could still result in your arrest.
What can an experienced attorney do to help? Most importantly having an attorney means you do not have to speak to the police. In this country a person is entitled to be represented by a lawyer and not speak to the police if he or she chooses. If you retain a lawyer he can act on your behalf and avoid incriminating statements being made that can be used against you in Court. Matthew has successfully resolved over 98 percent of hit and run cases if he is retained at an early stage.
What if the damage is slight? Any contact with another vehicle or property of any kind requires that information be exchanged. In today’s digital age there are cameras everywhere and there is a good chance the incident was captured on video. The first thing the police do when responding to a hit and run is check to see if there are any surveillance cameras. Nowadays, Ring cameras are on almost every home.
In one recent case Matthew handled the client was tracked down with Ring footage. If you are involved in a accident where you left the scene Matt can help. Having an experienced attorney on your side early can mean the difference between criminal charges or the case being handled on a civil level.
Call Matthew today at 310-527-4100 or visit his website Hit and Run Attorney