Hit and Run offense in Los Angeles and your Driver’s License

March 14, 2013

Hit and Run offense

Here I explain whether a conviction for what is commonly known as Hit and Run offense will cause the DMV to suspend driver’s license.

The answer will greatly depend on whether the hit and run involved an injury to any person.  In the event, there was no injury (which is commonly would be charged as a violation of Vehicle Code Section 20002),  the suspension is not mandatory.  Once the conviction shows up at the DMV, the DMV can, but is not required to suspend driver’s license.  The relevant law is found in California Vehicle Code Section 13361, which states:

“The department may suspend the privilege of any person to operate a motor vehicle upon receipt of a duly certified abstract of the record of any court showing that the person has been convicted of any of the following crimes or offenses: (a) failure to stop in the event of an accident resulting in damage to property only, or otherwise failing to comply with requirement of Section 20002″.   

If instead, there was an injury and the People of the State of California charged Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a more serious code section that can be charged as a felony),  the DMV is required to revoke driver’s license as explained in California Vehicle Code Section 13350(a)(1).

(a) The department immediately shall revoke the privilege of a person to drive a motor vehicle upon receipt of a duly certified abstract of the record of a court showing that the person has been convicted of any of the following crimes or offenses: (1) Failure of the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to a person to stop or otherwise comply with Section 20001″.,    

The length of revocation is for one year and requires the driver to provide proof of financial responsibility.

Lastly, pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 13351(a)(2), the DMV must also revoke for three years a driver’s license when a person suffers any combination three or more convictions of California Vehicle Code Sections: 20001, 20002, 23103 or 23104 within a 12-month period.

If you or your loved one is charged or investigated for a hit and run offense in Los Angeles, please contact our office immediately.

We are Hit and Run attorneys in Los Angeles that specialize in many traffic related crimes, and we can provide an affordable defense or counsel you for free.

Typically, hit and run offense investigation in Los Angeles can be resolved even without going to court (if done early enough), but you do need a competent criminal defense attorney to contact the police.  You should not attempt to resolve the case yourself because anything you say to police is admissible in court (unlike what attorneys say to police).  Call us now and we will help you.  To talk directly to a hit and run attorney in Los Angeles dial (818) 921-7744.

 

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