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Second Hit & Run Offense Penalties

Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Earlier this year, Rebecca Grossman was found guilty of second-degree murder in the hit-and-run deaths of Mark Iskander, 11, and brother Jacob Iskander, 8. The hit-and-run occurred on September 29, 2020, in Los Angeles County. Grossman fatally struck the young brothers, who were in a designated crosswalk, with her white Mercedes. She had been driving 81 mph then tapped her brakes to slow down to 73 mph seconds before the collision, according to the data recorder in her vehicle.

The jury unanimously found Grossman guilty on all counts, including two felony counts each of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter, as well as one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death. Grossman faces 34 years to life in prison.

As this case makes clear, hit and run can result in serious consequences. If you are facing allegations of a hit and run offense, call us today to speak with an Orange County criminal defense lawyer.

Hit and Run Offenses: The Basics

A hit and run offense occurs when a driver leaves the scene of an accident without stopping to exchange information or provide assistance to the injured parties. In California, it is a criminal offense, and the severity of the penalties depends on various factors, including the level of injury or property damage involved.

In cases of a second hit and run offense, the penalties are more severe. The court takes into account your previous conviction and can impose stricter penalties to discourage repeat offenses. It is critical to seek the guidance and representation of an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer if you find yourself in this situation.

Penalties for a Second Hit & Run Offense

The penalties for a second hit and run offense in Orange County can vary depending on the circumstances of the case, but generally include:

  • Mandatory Jail Time: A second hit and run offense often comes with mandatory jail time. The length of the sentence depends on various factors, including the level of injury or property damage.
  • Permanent Criminal Record: A conviction for a second hit and run offense will result in a permanent criminal record, which can have long-term consequences on your personal and professional life.
  • License Suspension: Your driver’s license may be suspended for a certain period as a result of a second hit and run offense. This can significantly impact your ability to commute, work, and carry out your daily activities.
  • Increased Fines: The fines for a second hit and run offense are typically higher than those for a first offense. You could be facing fines ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
  • Probation: The court may impose a probationary period as part of your sentence, where you are required to comply with certain conditions, such as regular check-ins with a probation officer and avoiding any further criminal activity.
  • Restitution: If you caused any property damage or physical injuries as a result of the hit and run, you may be required to pay restitution to the victims to compensate for their losses.
  • Vehicle Impoundment: In some cases, the court may order the impoundment of your vehicle involved in the hit and run offense. This can result in additional expenses and inconveniences.

Contact an Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer Now!

Have a skilled Orange County criminal defense lawyer by your side. The Law Offices of William Bruzzo provides you with the legal support and aggressive representation you are entitled to. Schedule a free case review and legal consultation with us now.

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