Fresno Hit & Run Lawyer
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If you fail to stop after being involved in an accident, you could be charged with hit and run. Our Fresno hit and run attorney at The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch is a former prosecutor with more than 18 years of experience representing traffic offenses, including hit and run charges. We will listen to your side of the story and help you explore every possible defense to your charges. In addition, we craft a case that fits your circumstances and fights for the best possible outcome on your behalf.
Facing charges for a hit and run? Call (559) 484-2112 to start discussing your case today!
Definition of a Hit and Run
A hit and run may seem like a self-explanatory charge where a driver intentionally hits another car and keeps driving. However, there are a number of different ways that hit and run can occur. In some cases, drivers may leave the scene of an accident without being aware that an accident had taken place. Our Fresno hit and run attorney is dedicated to helping you avoid a conviction.
Our firm offers the defense for the following crimes:
- Misdemeanor hit and run
- Felony hit and run
Whatever your situation, you can trust that our team is here for you.
Can I Be Charged with a Hit & Run for Hitting a Parked Car?
Under California Vehicle Code 20002 VC, it is a misdemeanor to hit another vehicle and leave without providing the owner with identifying information. This law applies even if the car you ran into was parked at the time of the accident.
For example, say you were backing out of a friend’s driveway and accidentally hit a neighbor’s car that was parked on the street. You get out of your vehicle to inspect the other vehicle and don’t see any damages. You return to your car and leave. Unfortunately, by doing so, you could be charged with a hit and run.
If you are convicted for hitting the neighbor’s car, you could be punished by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 6 months.
Avoiding a Hit and Run Charge
To prevent charges being filed, you must attempt to locate the other vehicle’s owner, inform them of the accident, and exchange information.
If you are unable to find the owner, you must leave a note that includes the following:
- Your name and contact information
- Your vehicle information, including make, model, and license plate number
- Your insurance information
- Details of the incident
Legal Defenses for a Hit and Run
If you are charged with a hit and run, a skilled criminal defense attorney can help develop a defense strategy for your case. Common defenses in hit and run cases include:
- Defendant didn’t know they were involved in an accident
- Defendant didn’t know they caused damage to the vehicle
- Defendant was mistakenly identified as the person who caused the accident
Request a Free Case Consultation with a Fresno Hit & Run Lawyer!
At The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch, we understand that hit and run charges are complex and can often be difficult to prove. Whatever the case may be, if you were arrested, you can rely on our Fresno criminal defense attorney to represent your charges aggressively. We truly care about each of our clients and take the time to investigate all of the details of your case. You can rely on us to treat you with respect and provide you with an honest assessment.
Charged with a hit & run? Give us a call today at (559) 484-2112 if you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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