If you are involved in a car accident in San Diego, and have left the scene without exchanging information (regardless of fault) with the other party, you could potentially be charged with a San Diego Hit and Run.
The period of time between the incident and any charges being made is a critical time. After an investigation is done, officers can call you to come to the station and make a statement, or they can come to your home to give a statement. Even before officers come to your home and an investigation is made, you could voluntarily choose to go and give a statement. This is why this period of time is critical, because it can dramatically affect whether or not you get charged. Do you voluntarily choose to give a statement? If so, what do you say? Do you wait for officers to come ask for a statement? If so, do you go in person or do it telephonically?
The best answers to these questions will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. Were you identified at the scene, was your car identifies, were there witnesses, and was your car driveable after the incident? You may also consider whether there was any physical evidence left at the scene, like a bumper or a license plate.
There are lots of common fact patterns that a San Diego Hit and Run Attorney is readily familiar with, and knows precisely when and how to give a statement. A simple conversation or discussion with the officer can cause the office to highly recommend charges be filed, or the officer recommending that charges not be filed and the matter be handled civilly through insurance.
This is precisely why a San Diego Hit and Run Legal Specialist is extremely helpful in handling your case. The attorneys at Hoffman & Associates have over 30 years of experience. They have dealt directly with the San Diego police department that deals directly with Hit and Runs. The attorneys analyze the fact of each client’s case, and design a strategy that will put their clients in the best possible light in the eyes of the law.
The tried and true techniques of the San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers has dramatically increased the likelihood that the case will be handled through civil means, rather than resulting in criminal charges.
When a case is handled civilly, you do not face the criminal consequences, a charge could result in. If you were charged with a criminal offense, and convicted, you could face jail time, fines, probation, community service, the negative tarnish on your record, and possible employment or education application issues. A civil case does not have any of those consequences.
San Diego Hit and Run cases are extremely time sensitive for a number of reasons. First, but being proactive, you avoid having officers from to your house to question you. Second, by being proactive, there is a huge advantage in helping negotiate the dismissal of charges. Third, it shows cooperation, which also is an advantage in negotiating your case.
These small, but critical steps are game changes, and can turn your case in a much more positive direction.
Let our office help turn an honest mistake, into a civil matter, keeping you out of the criminal system altogether. Regardless of who was at fault in an accident…we can help. Even if you did not have a valid driver’s license, or insurance…we can help.
Our fees are reasonable, and we offer payment plans without any additional charge. Call today for your free phone consultation to learn about your options and the winning strategy that would be best for your case.
We all make mistakes…let us help you fix this one!