Hit and Run Property Damage
The words “hit-and-run” often conjure up the image of a pickup truck screeching off after striking a pedestrian or sideswiping another vehicle. However, while the charges may be less serious than they would be in the event of bodily harm, hit-and-run cases involving damage to another person’s property can still have serious legal consequences.
Even if there is no one around, the consequences of crashing into a home or business do not end at restitution for any damages inflicted, as fleeing the scene carries its own set of punishments. A hit-and-run driver may be charged with either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on a number of factors surrounding the case. These might include:
- The severity of the damage
- Any previous criminal record
- The specific laws of the regional jurisdiction
The law takes a hard stance toward fleeing the scene of a wreck no matter the circumstances. A typical property damage hit-and-run case in California may mean up to $1,000 dollars in fines and time behind bars. Occasionally, the driver may also have to forfeit his or her vehicle.
A charge of property hit-and-run might seem particularly difficult to fight against. After all, the fact that the driver fled the scene seems to make the case fairly cut-and-dry. However, in reality, there are several proven ways to fight back against these major allegations.
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