Motor Vehicle Offenses in Orange County, CA

Types of Motor Vehicle Offenses We Handle

California Vehicle Code § 20002 – Hit & Run

One very serious offense is a hit and run. A hit and run is when someone driving a motor vehicle leaves the scene of an accident. This can involve another car or a pedestrian, and there are many other factors that can contribute to the severity of this type of offense. If there is not much injury, a hit and run may be considered a misdemeanor, but in the case of serious injury or death, it may be a felony. In either case, jail time and fines are a very real possibly without proper representation.

In a hit and run case, there is always the possibility of the injured party, or the family of a victim who has died, to sue in order to pay for medical or any other bills. It is especially important that you have a competent attorney on your side if this situation occurs. There may be ways to contact victims in order to work out dismissals per PC 1377-1378. Many lawyers do not do this. You need a criminal attorney to come up with a creative and logical defense in order to fight the prosecutor.

Many of the details involved in a hit and run are time-sensitive. There are documents to be filed as with any other criminal case, and there is a lot of information that needs to be looked over in order to build your defense. There may be witnesses that could remember details that could help or hurt your case, and in the instance that the details are not on your side, it will be up to your Anaheim criminal defense lawyer to prove that their testimony may be faulty.

California Vehicle Code § 23103 – Reckless Driving

If you are convicted of reckless driving in the state of California, the consequences are often more serious than you would think. In order to be convicted, it must be proven that you were driving in such a manner as to put your life and the lives of others in danger. You may encounter insurance issues, since you will no longer be considered a safe driver, and it will reflect on your driving record. Not to mention the fact that the penalties could be greatly increased if someone is hurt or killed, or your reckless driving offense is combined with a hit and run or DUI offense.

According to California Vehicle Code § 23103, you could be found guilty of reckless driving if it is determined that you were driving your vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety or property of others. If convicted of this offense, you could expect to be imprisoned in county jail for a minimum of five days, with the maximum sentence being 90 days. You could also be expected to pay a fine between $145 and $1,000. For this reason, you should not hesitate to seek legal counsel from an experienced defense lawyer if you have been arrested for reckless driving.

California Penal Code § 191.5 – Vehicular Manslaughter

Vehicular manslaughter is a very serious offense in Orange County. Like all other criminal offenses, the circumstances surrounding a vehicular manslaughter charge can determine the type of punishment/penalty that the court will seek to give. Often times, vehicular manslaughter charges are combined with a DUI, hit and run, or reckless driving offense, making the penalties even more severe.

Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, or gross vehicular manslaughter, is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought while driving a vehicle. According to § 191.5 of the California Penal Code, you could be sentenced to state prison for four, six or ten years if convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter. If you have been convicted of a similar offense in the past, the court has the authority to sentence you to prison for 15 years to life.

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