HIT-AND-RUN: WHAT YOU MUST KNOW

Posted on: October 19, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, a 19-year-old man was arrested in October in connection with a fatal hit-and-run. Sheriff’s investigators arrested Andrew Christopher Michaels at his Laguna Niguel residence. Cesar Medina, 23, was skateboarding and crossing at a green light in San Juan Capistrano when he was hit by a Dodge Ram truck, according to witnesses. The driver fled from the scene, and Medina was rushed to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he was declared dead. Sheriff’s investigators received information that led them the next day to Michaels’ home, where they found a Dodge Ram truck believed to be the one that struck Medina.

The details of a hit-and-run incident are key to determining a suspect’s ultimate guilt or innocence. Depending on the damage, injuries, and other circumstances of the case, California prosecutors may charge hit-and-run crimes as felonies or as misdemeanors, but if there’s an injury or a fatality, a hit-and-run is almost always a felony in California. If you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor hit-and-run in southern California, you will need immediate, high-quality legal representation. You’ll need to contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible.

If you are convicted of misdemeanor hit-and-run under California Vehicle Code 20002, you face up to 6 months in jail, up to 3 years on probation, up to $1,000 in fines, restitution to any victim(s), and two points are placed on your driver’s license. If you are convicted of felony hit-and-run under California Vehicle Code 20001, the penalties can include a fine of $1,000 to $10,000, up to 3 years in prison, and up to 4 years if the accident caused a fatality or a serious injury. If you are charged with hit-and-run in Orange County for any reason, now or in the future, put your case promptly in the hands of an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer.

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