Elements of a Los Angeles Hit and Run

If a person has been arrested for suspicion of a Los Angeles Hit and Run, they may be charged under one of two different vehicle codes: California Vehicle Code §20002 or California Vehicle code §20003. One section deals with damage to property, and one injury to person. Each requires its own set of requirements by a person who has caused damage or injury.If a person has not taken the steps as dictated under each statute, they may be charged with a Hit and Run and tried in Court.

California Vehicle Code §20002 requires a “driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person to immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident. The person must also give the following information to any traffic or police officer at the scene of the accident:

1.       Give his or her name, current residence address, the names and current residence addresses of any occupant of the driver’s vehicle injured in the accident

2.       The registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving

3.       The name and current residence address of the owner to the person struck or the driver or occupants of any vehicle collided with The driver shall also provide reasonable assistance to the person injured if it seems that treatment is necessary or if it is requested by the injured person. If the injury has resulted in death, the driver must immediately notify the California Highway Patrol.

California Vehicle Code §20003 requires that a person who has caused damage to property, including vehicles, must immediately stop at the nearest location and do either of the following:

1.       Locate and notify the owner or person in charge of the property and provide them with their name and address, and present their driver’s license, ad vehicle registration OR

2.       Leave a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and a statement of the circumstances in a conspicuous place and without unnecessary delay, notify the police department.

Each code section has its own potential range of consequences. The statute will only give a range of consequence, and not a set sentence. This is because the sentence will be determined by the person’s criminal history and the facts of the case.

There are many defenses available for a person who is charged with a Hit and Run. It is a good idea and highly recommended to speak to an experienced Hit and Run lawyer. A knowledgeable legal professional can sit down with you and review the facts of your case. They can provide you with a thorough analysis of the possible defenses and arguments available to you. This allows you to consider your options and appear in court with a plan.  If you are facing Hit and Run charges, do not take a chance on your future, consult with a Los Angeles Hit and Run lawyer as soon as possible.