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This is the key question on most people's mind when they call me after being involved in a hit and run accident in Los Angeles County. The first thing I would suggest is to deal with the situation, versus burying your head in the sand and doing nothing. By not facing it, you simply make the situation worse. People get in accidents everyday and the police and prosecutors know that this is a fact of life in a busy metropolis life Los Angeles. What they can not accept is those that do not live up to their responsibities. So my first piece of advice in your effort to shift the tide in your favor is to sit down with an experienced attorney that his traveled the road you are about to travel and had success in protecting their client's reputation, freedom and criminal record.

If you believe that the prosecutors and police can not prove that you were the driver of the car at the time of the accident then this is something you need to discuss with a solid defense attorney and decide you strategy moving forward. There is not set strategy in every hit and run case. These are fluid situation and how you proceed depends on the circumstances surrounding your case. One thing I know for sure is that trying to deal with it your self is not a good idea and can end in disaster for you and your family.

In choosing the right attorney, you should definitely sit down with the attorney face to face and get a feel of their "bedside manner", so to speak. In other words, is this someone you want representing your interests with the judge and prosecutor. If you like them, then the judge and prosecutor probably will as well. If they come off abrasive or rude, then they are probably that way in court as well. Like anything in life, there are good ones and bad ones...this goes for attorneys as well. Last, I would make darn sure that the attorney you are considering hiring frequently appears in the court that your case is pending. If they are there all the time, then they will know what to do, who to talk to and how to get you the best possible result.


The key thing that you have to do if you have hit property is to make sure that the owner of the property is given you contact information (name, driver's license and insurance) before you leave the scene. If someone is yelling, screaming and threatening you at the scene of an accident, then you can leave for safety and immediately call 911, report the accident and tell tehm you left the scene because the other party is a nut and you fear for you safety. The prosecutor are not going to prosecute this scenario because they know you have a built in defense.

According to California Vehicle Code § 20001 a driver that gets into an accident which results in injury or death must stop and meet certain requirements such as exchange of information as to name, insurance, address. If you fail to meet th erequirements set forth in the vehicle code, you may be charged with a hit and run.

To be found guilty of a hit and run, the burden of proof is on the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that: you were involved in the accident; that you knew an accident occurred; that you knew someone was injured/killed or that the accident was of such a nature that it would be probable that someone would be injured/killed; and that you failed to meet the requirements above.

Penalties for a hit and run conviction can be severe and include: up to 9 years to life in prison; Felony charge; Up to $10,000 fine; Revocation of your driver's license; Impoundment of your vehicle; DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) school; Points on DMV record; Community service; Probation; Criminal record for life.

At the Hedding Law Firm, we know the seriousness of a hit and run charge and we do whatever we can for our clients to get them the best possible results; either a dismissal or a lesser charge.

Our Van Nuys Hit and Run Lawyers have a combined 75 years of experience and have all the necessary skill and knowledge to aggressively and efficiently fight in court on your behalf.

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