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San Jose CA hit and run lawyerNobody plans for a car accident to happen, so when it does, it can be overwhelming and confusing, especially if you are not sure what to do when you get into an accident. The one thing you should never do if you are in an accident is leave the scene of the accident without exchanging information with the other driver. If you do, you could be charged with a hit-and-run offense, which can carry some pretty serious consequences. Hit-and-run charges are no joke and should be handled by a skilled lawyer who has experience defending against these charges.

Felony and Misdemeanor Hit-and-Run Charges

There are two different types of hit-and-run charges in California: felony and misdemeanor charges. You can be charged with a misdemeanor hit-and-run if all of the following were present:

  • You left the scene of an accident;
  • You did not leave any information to the other party or parties involved; and
  • Another person’s property was damaged in the accident.

A hit-and-run charge does not usually become a felony until another party is injured or killed in the accident and you leave the scene without leaving any identifying information. Even if there is no damage to anyone’s property or no bodily injury, you can still be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, though the offense will most likely result in a fine.

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San Jose criminal defense attorneys, hit and run accident, car accident injuries, severe criminal penalties, hit and run chargesMotor vehicle accidents can happen when you least expect them. They may be due to reckless driving behaviors on the part of others, such as making sudden stops or failing to yield, or due to your own errors in judgement, such as driving distracted or under the influence. Whatever the cause and circumstances surrounding a crash, it is important to stop immediately at the scene to protect yourself against criminal charges. Hit and run is a serious matter in San Jose and throughout California. In addition to being liable for injuries others suffer as the result of your actions, you could end up facing severe criminal penalties. 

San Jose Driver Charged With Hit and Run after Multi-Vehicle Accident

A recent accident involving a pick up truck along Vine Street in downtown San Jose set off a chain reaction, resulting in serious injuries for several drivers and passengers, along with causing extensive damage to six other vehicles. ABC7 reported on the accident, which occurred just after midnight on June 28, 2018.

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