Someone gets a call from their insurance. Someone is claiming that they hit their car and fled the scene. The person is wondering if this is a scam and are searching for their memories for a time they may have gotten close to another car. It is a common scenario. Your insurance wants a statement. The other party called the police. The police now believe you committed a crime of hit and run. Do not get a statement from your insurance before obtaining an attorney. People wonder if they need an attorney in this situation. They do. Do not wait until you get charged with hit and run. They may threaten to tow your car. Call an experienced San Diego attorney who can help. Call former Prosecutor Mark Deniz at 858-751-4384.
Proven Approach with results forged by Experience.
You’ve been in a traffic accident in San Diego, and maybe it wasn’t your fault. You may have panicked, or didn’t know where to stop or whom to contact, and you left the scene of a collision without exchanging information with the other driver. Maybe you felt like you had to get out of the situation. Heck, you may not have even realized an accident occurred. What do you do now? Call attorney Mark Deniz.
San Diego hit-and-run attorney Mark Deniz has represented many clients facing local hit-and-run charges. He is familiar with the differences in court strategies and approaches for hit-and-run cases in San Diego. He is familiar with applicable law, effective strategies for hit-and-run charges, and, in many situations, works on resolving them “civilly,” prior to any criminal charges being filed. Significantly, this “civil” option may only be available for a short time, when the law enforcement agency has not fully completed their case investigation.
You Need Experienced Representation
Hit-and-run cases can occur for many different reasons. Don’t make your situation worse by trying to resolve it on your own. Call Mark Deniz to find out how he can help you start the process of resolving your situation at 858-751-4384 now!
What Does The Law Say About Hit-And-Runs?
California Vehicle Code sections 20001 and 20002, which apply to hit-and-run incidents in San Diego indicate that, “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to any person, or in the death of a person, shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” If a person violates the law, they are subject to jail time and up to $10,000 in fines. If the hit-and-run accident results in death or serious injury, the violator is subject to prison time and large fines, and substantial restitution orders. Mark Deniz has handled these matters on an everyday basis.
The Consequences of a Hit-And-Run
Depending on the severity of a traffic incident, the accused person’s criminal record, and whether the traffic accident caused a person to be injured – a hit-and-run charge in San Diego can be filed as either a felony or misdemeanor. Minor hit-and-run accidents with minimal property damage and no physical injuries are typically charged as misdemeanor hit-and-run. If a hit-and-run accident results in bodily injury or death, a case will generally be filed as a hit-and-run felony.
Felony hit-and-run cases are typically punished more severely than misdemeanor violations. Jail time and fines vary in hit-and-run cases, taking into consideration the specific facts of each case.
You should never represent yourself in any misdemeanor or felony hit-and-run investigation. Your first step is to seek immediate representation from a San Diego hit-and-run attorney.
If you or someone you love is facing hit-and-run charges, contact San Diego hit-and-run attorney Mark Deniz, at 858-751-4384 for a free case evaluation.
California Vehicle Code
20001. (a) The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004. (b) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a person who violates subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine. (2) If the accident described in subdivision (a) results in death or permanent, serious injury, a person who violates subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not less than 90 days nor more than one year, or by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine. However, the court, in the interests of justice and for reasons stated in the record, may reduce or eliminate the minimum imprisonment required by this paragraph. (3) In imposing the minimum fine required by this subdivision, the court shall take into consideration the defendant’s ability to pay the fine and, in the interests of justice and for reasons stated in the record, may reduce the amount of that minimum fine to less than the amount otherwise required by this subdivision. (c) A person who flees the scene of the crime after committing a violation of Section 191.5 of, or paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 192 of the Penal Code, upon conviction of any of those sections, in addition and consecutive to the punishment prescribed, shall be punished by an additional term of imprisonment of five years in the state prison. This additional term shall not be imposed unless the allegation is charged in the accusatory pleading and admitted by the defendant or found to be true by the trier of fact. The court shall not strike a finding that brings a person within the provisions of this subdivision or an allegation made pursuant to this subdivision. (d) As used in this section, “permanent, serious injury” means the loss or permanent impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ. 20002. (a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to any property, including vehicles, shall immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists. Moving the vehicle in accordance with this subdivision does not affect the question of fault. The driver shall also immediately do either of the following: (1) Locate and notify the owner or person in charge of that property of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle involved and, upon locating the driver of any other vehicle involved or the owner or person in charge of any damaged property, upon being requested, present his or her driver’s license, and vehicle registration, to the other driver, property owner, or person in charge of that property. The information presented shall include the current residence address of the driver and of the registered owner. If the registered owner of an involved vehicle is present at the scene, he or she shall also, upon request, present his or her driver’s license information, if available, or other valid identification to the other involved parties. (2) Leave in a conspicuous place on the vehicle or other property damaged a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the owner of the vehicle involved and a statement of the circumstances thereof and shall without unnecessary delay notify the police department of the city wherein the collision occurred or, if the collision occurred in the unincorporated territory, the local headquarters of the Department of the California Highway Patrol. (b) Any person who parks a vehicle which, prior to the vehicle again being driven, becomes a runaway vehicle and is involved in an accident resulting in damage to any property, attended or unattended, shall comply with the requirements of this section relating to notification and reporting and shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalties of this section for failure to comply with the requirements. (c) Any person failing to comply with all the requirements of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.