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
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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