It goes without saying that hit and run accidents are a major crime, but that fact is only highlighted when news outlets report on such incidents. Recently, hit and run accidents have become all too common in the news -like this story of a teacher almost losing her foot when she was riding her bicycle. There are many reasons drivers try to flee the scene after an accident, but they almost all come down to an overwhelming feeling of panic. Regardless of the reasons though, anyone accused of fleeing the scene after a car accident should immediately contact a San Diego criminal attorney as soon as possible.
Hit and run accidents will soon be even more high profile and difficult to escape from once California implements its new Yellow Alert system, which will operate the same way as the current Amber Alert system does when a child goes missing. Every time a hit and run accident occurs and someone is seriously injured or killed, police will have the option to broadcast an alert to the public to help identify the other party involved. While this may help identify more people responsible for hit and run accidents, it could also lead to false accusations according to San Diego defense lawyer Peter M. Liss.
Unfortunately, police rarely get a full license number or vehicle description after a hit and run accident. This means people with similar cars and prior accident damage can get targeted for a crime they had nothing to do with. Even in cases where the vehicle is undeniably the one involved in the crash, the prosecution still must prove who was driving the car at the time -something any San Diego hit and run defense attorney knows can be particularly difficult for the prosecution to do.
It’s worth noting that property damage hit and run is a misdemeanor but if an injury to another person occurs, the crime is a felony. It is especially important to retain a lawyer to deal with the police who will investigate all hit and run accidents.
If you have been accused of fleeing the scene of an accident, a San Diego criminal defense lawyer can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with Peter M. Liss.
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