If you leave the scene of an accident, even if you did not cause the accident, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony if a person or animal was injured or property was damaged. The type of charge depends on the circumstances, on whether a person or animal was seriously injured, and on whether previous similar convictions exist. If you leave the scene of an accident and an injured person dies, you may be charged with vehicular homicide or manslaughter. If you leave the scene of an accident and an injured animal dies, you may be charged with animal abuse.
Penalties for Hit and Run Crimes
The punishments for leaving the scene of an injury accident, even if you did not cause the accident, can include large fines and jail or prison time and suspension of your driver’s license. In certain cases, the State of California may also take away your vehicle.
Hit and run accidents where a death or a serious bodily injury occurs are considered felonies by law. These exist when the driver fails to stop, identify, or render assistance to the victim, regardless of whose fault the accident is. People involved in any type of motor vehicle accident where injury or damage occurs are required to remain at the scene until police arrive.
If you are involved in a hit and run accident, a lawyer experienced with hit and run cases will be able to assist you in determining the proper steps to follow. The attorneys at Ginny Walia Law Offices can help. Call us today for a free initial consultation: (510) 887-5910