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Hit and Run

In California, a DUI is often accompanied by a Hit and Run charge (when applicable). Unfortunately, the person who is arrested for DUI is usually deemed to be the party at fault, and it will be up to your lawyer to prove otherwise. Moreover, prosecutors see the Hit and Run as an aggravating factor to the DUI. If injury is involved, prosecutors are more likely to file a felony DUI charge even if it is your first offense. Either way, prosecutors will demand restitution from you or your insurance company.

Hit & Run Realities

A lot of people have a misconception that if the police have your license plate, it’s game over and you might as well as start talking and do a bunch of stuff to incriminate yourself. The reality is, just having the license plate of a vehicle involved in a possible crime is almost never enough to convict anyone of anything. The fact is, many people could be driving a particular vehicle at any given time, especially in a place like Southern California. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt requires a lot more than just a hunch. So, unless someone starts talking (ie. you, your spouse, roommate, friend, family members…etc), the government may have no viable case against anyone.


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Frequently Asked Questions

I missed my court date and have a warrant. What should I do?

You should hire a lawyer to go to court to recall the warrant. A lawyer can usually do this without you present if the underlying charge is a misdemeanor, so it is less risky for you.

I just got cited for a DUI. Do I need to file SR-22?

SR-22, or proof of insurance, has to be filed for 3 years AFTER conviction of a DUI. Your first order of business after being cited for a DUI is to figure out how to avoid being convicted.

What are the most important things I should look for when hiring a DUI lawyer?

Ask yourself 3 things: a) Will this lawyer actually be the one representing you? Or does this lawyer simply pass the case off to “one” of the associates. b) Does this lawyer specialize in DUI? Or does this lawyer take whatever walks in the door? c) Is the quoted fee the “actual” fee that you will be paying? Or are there plenty of hidden fees that will hit you when you don’t simply plead guilty?

I just got a letter in the mail from law enforcement, with a request to contact a detective regarding an accident/incident involving my vehicle. What should I do?

You should absolutely NOT respond to such a letter. You have the right to remain silent, and that means the right to NOT speak to investigators/cops. Remember, no matter what you say it will be twisted around and used against you later. In short, no benefit can be derived from responding. You should contact a lawyer ASAP if you have received such a letter or voice mail.

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