When you are charged with a Hit and Run in Los Angeles, it can be a misdemeanor or felony. If there is serious injury, it will likely be charged as a felony. However, the good news is that with the proper negotiations and evidence, the charge can be reduced to a misdemeanor.
The proper strategy can make all the difference. The best thing you can do for your case is to speak to a Los Angeles Hit and Run lawyer who will prepare a strong defense and argument for you. The attorneys at Hoffman and Associates have years of experience and have handled hundreds of hit and run cases. They know exactly what to do to ensure you get the best possible results. To fully understand how strategy can make all the difference, lets consider an example.
Danny and his wife are driving at 4:00 AM. It is dark and Danny did not see the pedestrian at the cross walk. There were no lights. Danny struck the pedestrian knocking him down. Danny’s wife got out of the car and asked the pedestrian if they were ok. The pedestrian responded that they were in a lot of pain. Danny and wife were so terrified, they quickly left the scene.
In this scenario, Danny can be arrested. The police will not just reach out to him to come by the station for a statement, as they would for a misdemeanor case. This is a felony case with injuries, they would just arrest Danny and take him into the station. Fortunately, there are options to avoid that type of situation. Being proactive with the guidance of a legal professional can help deter the police from acting and allow you a chance to address the case.
For example, an experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles Hit and Run lawyer would approach officers first, before they have a chance to come and arrest Danny. Approaching officers can demonstrate that you are cooperating, and will work with the police in their investigation. The lawyer can also request the report directly and review it. In this case, the report may show the extent of injuries. This could help negotiate reducing the charges.
Let’s say that initially the pedestrian was taken away from the scene in an ambulance. This could mean anything. They could just want to play it safe and get checked out, or they could have actual injuries. The accident report will clarify the injuries. If the injuries are lesser than anticipated the attorney will act quick to request a reduction in charges and to present any defense that are available.
If you find yourself facing a Hit and Run where there are injuries do not gamble with your future. A thorough review of the facts and evidence of your case, and proactive strategy can help reduce or even dismiss the charges all together. Call Hoffman and Associates today for a free consultation and learn your options!