Hit & Run
Have you been accused of hit and run (leaving the scene of an accident) in the San Jose area? If so, you may be at risk of facing misdemeanor or felony charges and serious penalties if convicted. With a competent attorney by your side, however, you will have the opportunity of challenging these charges and working to seek a positive case outcome.
Hit and run is a type of traffic violation that involves willfully leaving the scene of an accident. If you are driving and are involved in a collision with another vehicle or with another person's property, you are required to remain at the scene to exchange information with the other party or parties involved. If you cannot find the property owner (as in a case where a person strikes a parked car) you are required to take reasonable action to find the owner and then leave a note with your contact information.
About Hit and Run Charges
Leaving the scene of an accident that caused minor property damage alone is a misdemeanor offense that may be punishable by a maximum of 12 months in county jail. Leaving the scene of an accident that caused bodily injury, serious bodily injury or the death of another person is a felony offense that may be punishable by up to 2, 3 or 4 years in state prison. It does not matter if you caused the collision – you are required to remain at the scene, render aid if possible and exchange driver, insurance and contact information with the other parties involved. The only exception would be if you sustained serious injuries and were transported to the nearest hospital or medical facility for treatment.