Do you need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Fresno? If you have been arrested or charged with hit and run, it is essential to obtain legal council for help right away.
What is a Hit and Run?
A misdemeanor hit and run, Vehicle Code 20002, is when someone leaves the scene of an accident without leaving their information or identifying themselves to the other people involved and another person’s property was damaged in the accident.
A hit and run becomes a felony, Vehicle Code 20001, when another person is injured in the accident.
In order to be guilty of a misdemeanor hit and run the following elements must be proven by the prosecution:
- The defendant was involved in a car accident while driving
- The accident was the cause of damage to someone else’s property
- The defendant knew the someone else’s property was damaged or that it was probably that someone else’s property was damaged
- The defendant intentionally left the scene of the accident without identifying him or herself
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Penalties for a Misdemeanor Hit and Run
A misdemeanor hit and run includes the following penalties:
- Up to 3 years of misdemeanor probation
- Up to 6 months in a county jail
- A fine up to $1,000 plus court-assesses penalties
- Restitution to the victim(s) of whose property was damaged
- Two points on your driving record
Penalties for a Felony Hit and Run
A hit and run becomes a felony when the victim or victims are physically injured. The penalties include:
- A fine anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000
- Up to 3 years in a California state prison
- Up to 4 years in a California state prison if the accident was the cause of the victim’s death or serious bodily injury
Have you been legally accused of committing a hit and run? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.
Your Defense Attorney for Hit and Run Charges
I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Driving Crimes such as Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter,and DUI’s to name a few.
About Mark Broughton:
Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:
Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.
He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.
Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.
- Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
- Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
- Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients. He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.
Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.