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Hit and Run is a Serious Criminal Matter

Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Hit and run cases are a serious matter that require careful consideration and legal expertise. When someone flees the scene of an accident without stopping to exchange information or render aid, it can leave the injured party feeling helpless and without closure. The complexities of these cases lie in identifying the responsible party and gathering evidence to prove their involvement. These cases often involve multiple factors, such as eyewitness testimony, surveillance footage, and forensic analysis. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run, it is crucial to seek proper legal representation to ensure your rights are protected. Contact the Law Office of William Bruzzo today for experienced assistance in navigating the complexities of hit and run cases.

What is Hit-and-Run?

Hit-and-run occurs when a person involved in an accident fails to stop and provide their contact information or render aid to the injured party. California Vehicle Code § 20002 prohibits leaving the scene of an accident without identifying oneself when someone else’s property was damaged. This means that if you are involved in an accident in Orange County, you are legally obligated to stay at the scene and provide your name, address, and vehicle registration information to the other party involved. Failure to do so can result in serious legal consequences.

Is Hit-and-Run a Criminal Offense?

Violating Vehicle Code § 20002 is considered a criminal offense. It is important to note that hit and run can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the accident. In cases where there are no injuries and only property damage, the offense is typically charged as a misdemeanor. However, if the accident involves injuries or fatalities, the offense may be charged as a felony.

California Vehicle Code § 20002 is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. While this may seem like a significant penalty, it is considered a lesser offense compared to Felony Hit and Run. Felony Hit and Run involves leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury or death, and carries much harsher penalties, including imprisonment and significant fines.

What Defenses are Available?

If you have been accused of hit and run in Orange County, it is important to consult with an experienced defense lawyer who can help build a strong defense strategy. Some possible defenses in hit and run cases include:

  1. Lack of Knowledge: If you can demonstrate that you were not aware that an accident had occurred, you may be able to argue that you did not intentionally leave the scene.
  2. Mistaken Identity: If the prosecution has not accurately identified you as the driver involved in the hit and run, you may be able to challenge their evidence and assert mistaken identity as a defense.
  3. Lack of Evidence: If the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were involved in the hit and run, your defense lawyer may be able to challenge the validity of their case.

Navigating the legal complexities of hit and run cases can be overwhelming, especially if you are facing criminal charges. That’s why it is essential to have a skilled defense attorney by your side. The Law Office of William Bruzzo has been successfully representing clients in hit and run cases throughout Orange County and Southern California. With over 28 years of experience in criminal law, Mr. Bruzzo is committed to protecting your rights and providing you with the best possible defense.

Call an Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

If you have been accused of hit and run, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Office of William Bruzzo at (714) 547-4636 for knowledgeable and experienced legal assistance. Let us help you navigate the complexities of your case and ensure that your rights are fully protected.

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