DUI and Hit and Run Accidents
DUI lawyers in Orange County and Los Angeles frequently engage in defending clients charged with a hit and run following a DUI accident. The California Vehicle Code makes it a criminal offense to leave the scene of an accident without stopping and exchanging information with the other party or leaving contact information in a conspicuous place. Alternatively, notifying the local police department of the accident suffices. If personal injuries result from the accident the hit and run can be filed as a felony.
Penalties for hit and run charges can include jail time and high fines and the defendants flight from the scene may also result in greater penalties for the DUI.
Additionally, the DMV has discretion to suspend the driving privileges of a person convicted of hit and run. In the case of a hit and run with injuries, the DMV will suspend for one year.
An effective way to deal with a DUI with a hit and run allegation is to arrange a civil compromise with the victim. Upon proof that restitution has been paid voluntarily, many Prosecutors will agree to dismiss criminal charges.
If you have been arrested for a DUI with an accident and have additionally been charged with hit and run, it is imperative that you consult with a DUI Attorney with experience in defending these serious charges. Call Los Angeles DUI defense firm Gold & Witham at (800) 716-6791 for a free consultation.