Hit & Run, Racing and Reckless Driving

Hit and Run

Hit   and   Run   refers   to   the   crime   of   leaving   the   scene   of   an   accident   without   identifying yourself   to   the   other   parties   involved   and   causing   damage   to   property,   or   injury,   or   both.   The difference   between   a   misdemeanor   “hit   and   run”   and   a   felony   “hit   and   run”   is   determined   by whether   an   injury   to   a   person   has   occurred.   If   there   is   bodily   injury   to   a   person,   the   crime becomes a felony. What   most   people   don’t   realize   is   that   they   may   have   committed   these   crimes   even   if   they   1) were   not   at   fault   in   an   accident,   2)   were   injured   in   the   accident   and   3)   regardless   of   how minor   the   damage   to   property   may   be.   It   also   applies   if   the   property   damaged   is   other   than the   other   party’s   car   (e.g.,   bicycle,   fence,   etc.).   In   some   cases,   a   person   may   also   be   charged   if he/she   caused   the   accident   even   though   his/her   car   did   not   collide   with   property   or   a person. An   experienced   defense   attorney   may   make   a world   of   difference   in your   case. There   may   be legal   defenses   to   assert   or   defeat   one   of   the   elements   necessary   for   the   prosecution   to prove.   For   example,   “causation”   or   your   identity   may   be   key   elements   that   the   prosecution cannot   prove   beyond   a   reasonable   doubt,   or   you   may   lack   the   required   state   of   mind   in knowing   that   you   caused   the   injury   or   damages.   A   successful   defense      may   get   you   an acquittal, lowering of charges, or even a dismissal. See some of our successful case results.

Racing

California   made   it   illegal   to   race   against   another   vehicle   or   a   timing   device.   This   is   called “speed   contest”   or   racing.   It   is   a   misdemeanor   for   first-time   offenders   generally,   but   may   be charged   as   a   felony   for   a   second-time   offender   or   if   a   person   is   injured   as   a   result   of   the contest.   Although   the   1950s   and   1960s   street   racing   scenes   are   not   as   common   anymore, many   young   drivers   still   find   pleasure   in   the   thrill   of   testing   the   limits   of   their   vehicles,   and that of their opponent, in many ways. Our   defense   attorneys   can   review   the   facts,   provide   an   analysis,   determine whether   defenses apply   and   develop   a   strategy   to   minimize   the   effect   these   charges   may   have   on   your   future. A   conviction   may   affect   your   insurability,   driving   privileges   or   even   a   job   offer   that   relies   on having a clean driving record.
Case Results…  People v. S.N. (2017): Client was charged with DUI and hit and run after he hit a parked car while under the influence and with a BAC of nearly three times the legal limit. Client left the scene of the accident. Client faced over one year of jail time. Mr. Sabado and his team were able to get a first-time DUI plea and have the hit & run and second count of DUI dismissed. Client did not have jail time punishment.  People v. S.G. (2018): Client was accused of exhibition of speed (street racing). Client faced loss of employment as an auto mechanic. Mr. Sabado and Mr. Gomez analyzed the evidence, reviewed Client’s background, and convinced the prosecution to dismiss the case entirely.
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Hit & Run, Racing and

Reckless Driving

Hit and Run

Hit   and   Run   refers   to   the   crime   of   leaving   the scene     of     an     accident     without     identifying yourself    to    the    other    parties    involved    and causing    damage    to    property,    or    injury,    or both. The   difference   between   a   misdemeanor “hit    and    run”    and    a    felony    “hit    and    run”    is determined   by   whether   an   injury   to   a   person has    occurred.    If    there    is    bodily    injury    to    a person, the crime becomes a felony. What   most   people   don’t   realize   is   that   they may    have    committed    these    crimes    even    if they    1)   were    not    at    fault    in    an    accident,    2) were   injured   in   the   accident   and   3)   regardless of   how   minor   the   damage   to   property   may   be. It    also    applies    if    the    property    damaged    is other   than   the   other   party’s   car   (e.g.,   bicycle, fence,   etc.).   In   some   cases,   a   person   may   also be    charged    if    he/she    caused    the    accident even   though   his/her   car   did   not   collide   with property or a person. An   experienced   defense   attorney   may   make a   world   of   difference   in   your   case.   There   may be   legal   defenses   to   assert   or   defeat   one   of the   elements   necessary   for   the   prosecution to    prove.    For    example,    “causation”    or    your identity     may     be     key     elements     that     the prosecution       cannot       prove       beyond       a reasonable     doubt,     or     you     may     lack     the required   state   of   mind   in   knowing   that   you caused   the   injury   or   damages.   A   successful defense      may   get   you   an   acquittal,   lowering of   charges,   or   even   a   dismissal.   See   some   of our successful case results.

Racing

California    made    it    illegal    to    race    against another    vehicle    or    a    timing    device.    This    is called     “speed     contest”     or     racing.     It     is     a misdemeanor        for        first-time        offenders generally,   but   may   be   charged   as   a   felony   for a    second-time    offender    or    if    a    person    is injured   as   a   result   of   the   contest.   Although the   1950s   and   1960s   street   racing   scenes   are not   as   common   anymore,   many young   drivers still   find   pleasure   in   the   thrill   of   testing   the limits    of    their    vehicles,    and    that    of    their opponent, in many ways. Our   defense   attorneys   can   review   the   facts, provide     an     analysis,     determine     whether defenses    apply    and    develop    a    strategy    to minimize   the   effect   these   charges   may   have on   your   future.   A   conviction   may   affect   your insurability,    driving    privileges    or    even    a    job offer    that    relies    on    having    a    clean    driving record.

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