California Hit and Run: Legal Definition

The California Penal Code divides the Hit and Run statute into two sections.

California Vehicle Code 20002 requires a) a driver who causes damage to only property, including another vehicle to immediately stop the vehicle in a location that does not impede traffic or jeopardize the safety of motorists. It further requires that the driver b) locate and notify the owner of the property damaged of the current information as provided by the statute; if the owner cannot be notified or located to c) leave a notice in a conspicuous place giving the name and address of the driver along with a statement, and must notify the police department without unnecessary delay.

In contrast California Vehicle Code 20003 requires a) a driver involved in an accident resulting in injury to, or death of any person, shall give their current information as provided by the statute to the person struck, or any occupants of the vehicle collided with. Additionally, the driver of the vehicle must also render reasonable assistance to any person injured in the accident. The driver must also, b) provide identification as asked by the injured party or any officer at the scene.

When a defendant is charged under VC 20002 it will be a misdemeanor. Similarly, when charged with VC 20003 it will be a felony. Under either section, a Hit and Run case can have consequences that can greatly affect your life. With the proper defense a Los Angeles Criminal attorney can reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor, and a misdemeanor to less. Our firm has represented hit and run clients for over thirty years, including a recent case which resulted in a successful disposition. Trust a skilled and experienced attorney who knows what you are going through and knows what steps must be taken to protect your freedom and good record.