What Is Misdemeanor Hit and Run?

fatalhitandrunA hit and run is defined as fleeing the scene of an accident. Here’s what you need to know about California Hit and Run:

Misdemeanor hit and run is when someone flees the scene of an accident and a stationary object was damaged

Felony hit and run is when someone flees the scene of an accident and people were involved or present at the time

The penalties for misdemeanor hit and run in California include up to one year in jail, up to one thousand in fines, probation, compensation to the owner of the damaged property, as well as points subtracted from the offender’s driver’s license.

Other Key Facts:

  • It is the duty of drivers to stop at the scene of an accident no matter who is at fault
  • Drivers must also call law enforcement and report the accident
  • The driver’s name, address and other key identifying information should be provided
  • If no one is available to take this information, a note should be left on the property damaged with the identifying information of the driver
  • In felony hit and run cases, when someone is injured, the driver is required to provide reasonable assistance to get medical aid.

Have you been accused of a hit and run? There are defenses that include:

Someone else was driving your vehicle or that your own property was damaged.