Los Banos, CA asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for California

Q: Do you think I'll have to do jail time

For my hit and run ?

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2 Lawyer Answers
John Rafferty
John Rafferty

A: It's very important you hire an attorney right away to discuss this matter. It's possible that a hit and run can result in jail time, but much depends on how early an attorney gets involved.

David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Van Nuys, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It all depends on if you hit a person (VC 20001) or an object and no injuries (VC 20002). If you left the scene and someone was injured (even if not your fault) it can be either a Felony or a Misdemeanor. If you just caused property damage, it is a straight misdemeanor. As far as jail time it depends upon, amongst other things, your lawyer, the amount of damage or severity of injuries and your prior record, if any.

Most Hit and Runs happen because the person is under the influence, no insurance or no license. There are many factors that go into the defense and possible sentence in these cases.

You should contact an attorney asap; most criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations.

Good luck!

Maurice Mandel II and John Karas agree with this answer

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