Elements of Hit and Run in California
A hit and run occurs whenever there is an accident and the individual leaves the scene of the accident without exchanging information with the person they hit or contacting the police. Notably, even if you hit an innate object like a lamppost or a guardrail you must still make a telephone report to the police to advise them of what occurred. Vehicle Code Sections 20001(a), 20002(a), 20003(a), 20008(a)
How to Resolve a Hit and Run Case Without a Conviction
Mr. Bruzzo has been very successful in defending hit and run cases. Many times a court case can be avoided altogether if the client comes to Mr. Bruzzo soon after the incident and Mr. Bruzzo negotiates with the police and victim BEFORE THE CASE IS SENT TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY. The client should refrain from talking to the police or the victim without an attorney present. In other instances an arrangement can be made where the client pays the injured party with the agreement that the injured party declare themselves satisfied and no longer desiring prosecution. Then, with the Judge and the District Attorney's agreement the case can be dismissed! This is called a civil compromise. Also, a skilled attorney can negotiate a dismissal with the District Attorney if the client attends a class and stays out of trouble for a 3-month period. This is called a Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ).
Sentencing for Hit and Run Cases
A misdemeanor hit and run carries up to 1 year in jail although it is rare when a client of Mr. Bruzzo's serves any jail for such an offense; a felony hit and run can carry anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in prison. The amount of damage or bodily injury determines the severity of the sentence. A client can be sentenced to home confinement in lieu of jail.