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If I Leave the Scene of an Accident Am I Guilty of Hit & Run?

If you are involved in an accident in the state of California, it is your responsibility to identify yourself to the involved drivers/parties, exchange contact information and, especially if anyone 

has been injured, contact emergency or law enforcement personnel. The legal definition of hit and run is that you were involved in a car accident while you were driving, that as a result of the accident you caused damage to another party's property, that you knew or suspected the other party's property had been damaged and that you left the scene of the accident willfully, without performing your legal obligations.

If you leave the scene of an accident after causing only property damage to another party's vehicle, you will be facing misdemeanor hit and run charges. Should you leave the scene of an accident after causing both property damage and personal injury to another, you will be facing felony hit and run charges. No matter how much damage or injury was caused, and regardless of whether or not you were at fault, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without properly indentifying yourself and exchanging information. Even in cases where someone rear-ends your vehicle, if you leave the scene of the accident without the proper exchange of information, you could find yourself facing hit and run charges.

In cases of criminal charges of hit & run, it is vital that you have a reliable and effective Fresno criminal defense attorney on your side. When you contact his firm, Brian Andritch will take the time to review the case against you, investigate the circumstances that led up to the hit and run charges, analyze how best to defend you, and provide you with the highest level of defense representation.

Have you been arrested or charged with hit and run? Contact a criminal defense lawyer withAndritch & Aed to schedule a confidential consultation today.

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