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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 lawyers, vandalism, property damage, vandalism crimes, criminal recordWhen you think of vandalism, you may think of school age children pulling petty pranks, such as egging a neighbor’s house and getting into general mischief. While this is sometimes the case, vandalism also includes damage that results in thousands of dollars in repair costs.

A rash of vandalism crimes in San Jose has cost property owners significant amounts of money and has both citizens and police on the lookout for offenders. If you have been charged with this type of crime, you need a strong criminal defense lawyer working on your side to prevent a conviction and potentially heavy penalties, including fines and a possible jail sentence.

Vandalism Crimes in San Jose

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