Hit and Run Case Completely Dismissed! Vehicle Code section 20002(a) “Hit and Run” Offense Dismissed Per Penal Code § 1385, In the Interests of Justice!

Recently, in Los Angeles County at the El Monte Courthouse our office successfully negotiated for a complete dismissal of our client’s Vehicle Code section 20002(a), “Hit and Run” offense.

According to the police reports, our client rear-ended another vehicle on the freeway, causing that vehicle to catch fire and sustain major fire damage. Our client’s airbags deployed and a good Samaritan offered our client a ride to obtain medical treatment. Our client left the scene without exchanging information and was subsequently charged with violating Vehicle Code section 20002(a).

Originally, the prosecution wanted to place our client on 36 months of summary probation, order him to complete 20 days of community labor, and pay full restitution to the victim.

Based on a review of the police reports, it became clear that our client had sustained injuries from the accident and had left the scene without providing information in order to seek medical treatment, not to avoid liability for the accident. We explained the circumstances of the incident to the prosecution and negotiated for our client to be placed on a diversion program. The prosecution agreed and allowed our client to complete 5 days of community labor and pay victim restitution in order to obtain a complete dismissal of the charge.

Our client recently completed the ordered community labor and we provided the court with proof that our client had paid full restitution to the victim. The court then dismissed the charge completely pursuant to Penal Code section 1385, in the interests of justice.

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