Hit & Run

In California, there are two kinds of hit and run offenses you may be charged with: misdemeanor and felony hit and run. The may difference between the two is the type of damage done. Misdemeanor hit and run is concerned with property damage; felony hit and run is concerned with injury.

What Are the Penalties for Hit and Run Charges in California?

If you are convicted of misdemeanor hit and run charges, you may face a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) and/or a jail sentence up to six (6) months. For felony hit and runs, you will face steeper penalties and more jail time, especially if someone was severely injured or killed.

Are There Any Defenses to Hit and Run Charges?

An experienced hit and run attorney can help you assert certain legal defenses that could lead to an acquittal on misdemeanor hit and run charges. These include:

Only your own car was damaged,
You didn't realize that you had been involved in an accident, or that someone else's property was damaged, and
It was actually someone else - not you - who was involved in the accident.
It is important to remember that you may be charged with a DUI with your hit and run charges if the accident/injury occurred while you were intoxicated. If this happens, you will likely face much stiffer penalties. A practiced and tested hit and run attorney will be able to help you navigate the case and get the most favorable outcome possible.

Call Nicco Capozzi, a Fresno, CA hit and run attorney today at (559) 374-2012.