Under California law, “hit and run” offenses are considered wobblers, which means that they may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the circumstances. If you are convicted of misdemeanor or felony hit and run, you can face serious consequences. Our West Covina hit and run defense attorneys and legal team at Coimbra Law Firm are here to represent you against the severe charges you are currently facing.
The penalties for a misdemeanor hit and run can include up to one year in the county jail, you will have to pay fines, and there will be required victim restitution. You could also be facing probation, depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense. If you are convicted of felony hit and run, the consequences will be more severe.
An excess of points on your license can result in your being deemed a negligent operator, which could lead to the suspension or even revocation of your driver’s license. Multiple points on your license will result in the increase in your insurance premiums being raised for years to come as a result of a hit and run conviction and multiple points on your license.
The prosecutor assigned to your case will be working to prove that you committed this crime. However, there are several elements that they must prove, including that you left the scene of an accident, that you failed to identify yourself, and that the property of another person sustained damage from the accident.
Depending on the facts of your case, our West Covina hit and run lawyers can advance the following defenses: