Misdemeanor or Felony Hit & Run

What is a Hit & Run Offense?

The criminal act commonly referred to as a “hit and run” occurs when a person who is involved in a motor vehicle collision leaves the scene without properly identifying themselves or producing the proper driver documentation. According to California law, all individuals involved in car accidents must properly identify themselves if they injure another person or cause damage to another person’s property “ regardless of the amount of damage! If a person fails to properly identify their self and leaves the scene of the accident, he or she will be subject to criminal charges.

 

Misdemeanor or Felony Hit & Run

A hit and run offense in California may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the seriousness of the accident, the extent of the damage caused, and the defendant’s past criminal record.

 

Misdemeanor

For minor traffic accidents where there is minimal property damage and no physical injury a misdemeanor offense will most likely be charged by the District Attorney’s Office. Under California law misdemeanor hit and run is defined as, ‘failure to immediately stop at the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in property damage.’

 

Felony When bodily injury or death results from the collision and resulting hit and run offense, a felony will most likely be charged by the District Attorney’s Office. A felony hit and run in California is defined as, ‘a failure to immediately stop at the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving death or permanent injury to any person associated with the accident.’