June 13, 2013 By Paul Wallin

A Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney helped our client avoid jail time and fines after getting a hit and run charge against his dismissed. Outstanding criminal defense attorney, Daniel S. Moffatt, successfully convinced the district attorney and judge to dismiss the charge after proposing a civil compromise. If convicted, our client faced up to 6 months in county jail, up to $1,000 in court fines, and points on his DMV record.

“I look at all the ways that I can assist my client in achieving the best possible result. We were ready to go forward and confident that we would prevail if we went to trial.”

Our client sought Wallin & Klarich’s representation after he was charged with hit and run under California Vehicle Code section 20002(a). After meeting with our client, our attorney learned that his insurance company had fully compensated the victim for the damages caused during the incident. As a result, we argued that criminal charges were not necessary since a civil compromise had already restored the victim to his rightful position. The court agreed and dismissed the case before it went to trial.

Due to our skillful negotiations, the client did not serve any jail time, did not pay any court fines, and did not receive any points on his DMV record.

A hit and run conviction under CVC 20002(a) may have a serious impact on your life. If you are accused of a hit and run, you need to contact the Law Offices of Wallin & Klarich immediately. Our hit and run defense attorneys are familiar with all of the elements that the prosecutor must prove in order to convict you of a hit and run. The prosecutor must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict you of a hit and run causing bodily injury:

  • You were driving a car that was involved in a vehicular accident
  • The accident caused the death or serious bodily injury of another person; AND
  • You knew that you had been involved in an accident that injured another person or should have known that another person had been injured based on the nature of the accident.

In addition to the elements listed above, the prosecutor carries the evidentiary burden of proving that you failed to perform at least one of the following three duties:

  • You did not immediately stop at the scene of the accident
  • You did not provide reasonable assistance to any person(s) injured in the accident; OR
  • You did not provide the other person(s) injured in the vehicular accident or the police officer with the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your current residential address; AND
    • The registration number of the vehicle that you were driving at the time of the accident.

If you or a loved one is charged with a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 20001/20002, an appropriate defense may apply and release you from criminal liability.  Contact the Wallin & Klarich team of Hit and Run Defense Lawyers for more information at 877-4-NO-JAIL or submit the form submitted at the top of this page for immediate assistance.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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