Hit and Run Defense Attorneys in San Diego
Anyone who has ever been in a collision can tell you that car accidents trigger powerful instincts. Even drivers with the cleanest driving records sometimes have difficulty making the right decisions in the stressful moments immediately after a collision. Regardless of which driver is to blame, the urge to leave the scene of an accident can be overwhelming. Shock, fear of confrontation, and nervousness about interaction with police can all lead to costly lapses in judgment and serious legal consequences. Those drivers charged with hit and run in San Diego could face up to several years in prison if convicted of a felony. Property damage, injuries to others, and being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance at the time of the accident, can make a difference in how the case is charged and the potential consequences in court if convicted.
Hit and Run Charges (California Vehicle Code sections 20001-20002)
Drivers have a responsibility to perform certain duties following a car accident. Failure to act swiftly and according to the Vehicle Code can lead to criminal charges. In San Diego, charges of hit and run can range from minor incidents involving just property (VC 20002) to accidents involving injury or death (VC 20001). The California Vehicle Code allows prosecutors to charge many hit and run crimes as wobbler offenses. That means, depending on the circumstances, hit and run charges in San Diego County may be prosecuted as misdemeanors or felonies. Facts specific to the case, your own personal history, and the quality of your criminal defense representation can all affect the extent of the charges and the likelihood of conviction.
We found ourselves in a tough situation with our child facing a strike felony with a sentence of up to 7 years. I made several calls to find an attorney we were comfortable with but had not made a decision due to not really knowing what was to come and how fast the initial court date was scheduled from the time of arrest. We went to the first court date with a public defender and later received a call from Mr. Shapiro’s office to ask how things had gone (I had mentioned our court date the first time I called their office). When I received that call, I had plenty of questions that were answered without rush. We ended up scheduling a time to meet to discuss the case. We found out that Juvenile cases highly differ from adult cases when it comes to how they are handled, decision making, trial etc. We always felt comfortable, he worked with us on legal fees and was always very responsive whether it be emails or phone calls. We never felt brushed off. Our child was released, placed on probation and given the opportunity to have the record sealed after successful completion. We really feel that Mr. Shapiro truly cares about his clients and I would highly recommend him to anyone facing legal issues.