The San Fernando Valley has a lot of drivers. There are a lot of accidents, and unfortunately, a lot of people will leave the scene of a crime.
They will get involved in an accident and either leave their car there and flee on foot, or they will drive away after either hitting somebody on the road or in a parking lot.
California misdemeanor hit and run charges are defined under California Vehicle Code 20002, which are the most common cases. Felony hot and run charges are defined under Vehicle Code 20001.
If you find yourself in the unenviable position of being investigated or charged with a hit and run case in the San Fernando Valley, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve handled thousands of these cases over the many years that I’ve been practicing criminal defense. The Valley Traffic Division and the various other police agencies around the San Fernando Valley are the ones that handle these hit and run cases.
Review of Case Strategy to Defend Hit and Run Case
It’s crucial that you get to an attorney right away and handle the case the right way. One of the biggest schemes that the police pull when it comes to these hit and run cases is that they do the best that they can to get ahold of your car and not let it go until you go in and make a statement and incriminate yourself.
This is why it’s so important to get an attorney like me who has experience and knows how to handle these cases.
If you’re charged with a hit and run, if you’re being investigated for a hit and run in the San Fernando Valley, pick up the phone. Ask to speak to Ron Hedding.
Let’s talk about the following crucial factors on your hit and run case:
- what your best strategy is;
- whether it makes sense for you to go in and try to get your vehicle out;
- whether it makes sense for you to make a statement;
- whether it really is conduct that leads to a hit and run charge.
Sometimes you can’t exchange information. Sometimes the other party is so volatile and violent that it leaves you no choice but to leave the scene of the accident.
Factors Considered By Prosecutors on Hit and Run Cases
The key is that the prosecutors, when people get involve in an accident and leave, suspect a lot of different things. First, they’re going to suspect that you might be driving under the influence and that’s why you left your car.
That’s why you drove away. Maybe you didn’t have a driver’s license, maybe you didn’t have insurance. Whatever the case may be, they’re looking at a reason why somebody would leave the scene of the accident.
If there is no reason why you would leave, then maybe there’s some other explanation for your conduct, and that’s where your criminal defense attorney comes in.
In hit and run cases, the way they get you is, you get in an accident, either property damage or you injure somebody and you fail to identify yourself — you leave the scene before giving your name, your phone number and insurance information.
As long as you give your insurance information, even if you hit a car that unoccupied if you put your insurance information there, you put your name and phone number, you’re good.
The bottom line though is, anytime you get in an accident and there’s any question where you might be able to be charged with a hit and run, what you ought to do is all call 9-1-1.
This does a lot of things. Number one, it documents that you made the call because you can’t get rid of the 9001 call.
Second, the police or dispatcher can advise you on what you need to do. Once you follow their instructions, once you’ve documented that you’ve called, you identified yourself, your good.
Call the Hedding Law Firm If Charged With Hit and Run
I can’t tell you how many clients call me in the San Fernando Valley saying they were in an accident ad they failed to do one crucial thing. Call 9-1-1. It’s an emergency.
Your car’s been damaged. Maybe the other party is acting crazy, yelling at you, but if you leave the scene and there’s been any type of impact or property damage and you don’t give your information, you put yourself in a vulnerable position.
What I can do is get on it right away, start making some rules that will protect you, your rights, your freedom, your reputation, your career.
Pick up the phone and ask to speak to Ron Hedding immediately if you’ve got a hit and run situation in the San Fernando Valley.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0940.