What is Hit-and-Run?
Hit-and-run is usually defined as the failure to stop and provide name, contact information, and license number when involved in a vehicle collision. In addition to cars, “vehicle” may also be defined in this case as a motorcycle, truck, or bicycle. In addition, this is required even if the collision didn’t involve another vehicle, but involved property or a pedestrian.
Hit-and-run also covers the situation where the other party is not present at the time of collision, such as when a car is struck in a parking lot. In this situation, the driver may need to leave a note with their information on the damaged vehicle, and should file a police report when given the opportunity to do so.
What are the consequences of a Hit-and-Run conviction?
Hit-and-run has potentially severe consequences including the suspension or cancellation of one’s driver’s license. It is frequently considered a criminal offense which can be punished by imprisonment.
What are some defenses to a Hit-and-Run charge?
A possible defense for a hit-and-run charge would be an emergency situation. In some cases, a hit and run might be excusable if there is an actual ongoing emergency in progress. Another possibility is that the accident occurred as part of an attempt to provide an emergency.
Another defense is lack of knowledge. If the defendant did not know that they caused an injury or property damage, and then left the scene, it may be difficult to hold them liable. It’s possible that they still may be found negligent or reckless, depending on the circumstances.
Contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles
If you are accused of hit-and-run, you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the legal system process.