About Leaving the Scene of an Accident

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It is against the law in the state of California to leave the scene of an accident, which is also known as a hit and run crime. The circumstances of the accident determine whether the crime was a misdemeanor or felony.

An individual who is facing criminal charges for leaving the scene should immediately contact a Pasadena DUI lawyer before speaking with authorities to avoid making incriminating statements.

The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller represents all types of criminal cases, including alleged hit and run criminal offenders. We defend clients based on knowledge of both sides of the law and draw from the experiences of a former deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County.

Contact us online or feel free to call us at (626) 784-4143 to schedule a free, in-person case evaluation with our experienced DUI attorney in Pasadena.

Leaving the Scene Felony & Misdemeanor

Following an accident, the parties involved are required to exchange information and help those that are injured. A person who flees the scene of an accident that causes minimal damage and injures no one is guilty of a misdemeanor.

An accident with significant property damage and injuries or fatalities where a driver leaves the scene is a felony. A driver who is intoxicated, causes an injury accident and then flees is committing a very serious crime and that action has severe consequences.

Hit and run accidents are often in the media and get the public involved in locating the offender who leaves the scene of an accident.

The penalties for an individual convicted of leaving the scene of an accident may include:

  • Court mandated counseling programs.
  • License revocation
  • Expensive fines
  • Extensive time in prison

It is critical to have an aggressive and strong defense when facing serious criminal DUI charges. Hit and run drivers need the support from competent legal counsel and staff during court proceedings and DMV hearings.

The circumstances of an accident where a person leaves the scene would determine the severity of the punishment. The goal of our attorney is the best possible outcome, considering the type of crime and the particular incident.

Our legal team has helped many clients with hit and run charges against them. Make an appointment today for a consultation with our qualified DUI lawyer in Pasadena.

You can reach us at (626) 784-4143 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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