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Pasadena Hit And Run Lawyers | Pasadena Criminal Defense Since ’87

If you have been cited or received a letter from the Pasadena police department regarding a Hit and Run investigation, it is necessary for you to prepare for what can happen next by contacting an experienced criminal defense lawyer with expertise in defending Hit and Run charges in Pasadena. Speaking with the police or even an insurance adjuster before consulting with legal counsel can adversely affect your defense attorney’s ability to obtain the best outcome for you. Statements made during the investigative stage of your case can influence the result. In order to be convicted of Hit and Run in Pasadena, police and prosecutors must be able to positively identify you as the driver to make the case against you. Therefore, incriminating yourself would greatly undermine your defense.

Pasadena criminal defense lawyers, Eugene Hanrahan and Stephen Sitkoff, have successfully defended Hit and Run charges in Pasadena Court since 1987. Using their combined 70 plus years of criminal defense experience as former Pasadena prosecutors, both Mr. Hanrahan and Mr. Sitkoff have secured countless dismissals and charge reductions for Pasadena area residents facing Hit and Run charges. Contact our Pasadena criminal defense firm now at (626) 628-9185 for a free no-obligation consultation to learn what your options are and how we can best help you avoid a Hit and Run conviction on your record.

Pasadena Misdemeanor Hit And Run | California Vehicle Code 20002

A Hit and Run in Pasadena can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances of your case and your prior criminal record. Elements such as whether there were injuries involved or the traffic collision resulted in death to another can result in a felony Hit and Run charge, regardless of whether you were at-fault for the accident. For the most part, Hit and Run cases in Pasadena are prosecuted as misdemeanors, as most only involve property damage and no injuries. Described under California Vehicle Code statute 20002(a),

A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in only property damage shall immediately stop at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists.

The punishment for a misdemeanor Hit and Run in Pasadena Court includes up to 6 months in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, informal probation, and community labor or service. Also, a Hit and Run conviction carries 2 DMV points.

Pasadena Felony Hit And Run | California Vehicle Code 20001

Although a 1st offense misdemeanor Hit and Run charge in Pasadena rarely results in incarceration, a felony Hit and Run involving injury, even as a first offense, is prosecuted more aggressively due to the aggravating circumstances. VC 20001 is categorized as a “wobbler” crime in California. Therefore, prosecutors have the discretion to charge it either as a misdemeanor or felony. Serious injuries or a fatality involved Hit and Run would make felony charges more probable. Defined under California Vehicle Code 20001(a):

The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident
resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in
the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the
scene of the accident.

The penalty in Pasadena Court for an injury involved Hit and Run can result in up to 1 year in prison or jail, up to a $10,000 fine, supervised probation, driver’s license suspension, and community labor/service. Sentencing can be further enhanced if the victim’s injuries are considered “great bodily injury.” A GBI sentencing enhancement would increase your sentencing exposure to up to 4 years in prison with a 90-day mandatory jail term.

Hit And Run Prefile Investigations

We have encountered practically every possible case scenario involving VC 20002 and VC 20001 charges over the course of our 3 decades of defending Hit and Run cases in Pasadena. In the overwhelming majority cases, the initial police contact is made through a phone call from a detective or a letter from the detective requesting an interview. Due to the absence of witnesses in most Pasadena Hit and Run cases, detectives will always strive to capture incriminating statements or outright confessions to help them establish you as the driver of the vehicle they are investigating.

You are not required to answer any questions nor are you required to make yourself available for questioning. Therefore, if you are contacted by a Pasadena police detective in connection with a Hit & Run prefile investigation, it would be wise for you to consult with a Pasadena Hit and Run attorney immediately.

Our Pasadena Hit And Run Defense Approach

Whether you can be identified as the Hit and Run driver will be pivotal to the prosecutions’ case against you. Even if you have not yet received police contact, it is best to proactively engage legal counsel to respond on your behalf once police and insurance companies do make contact. Being proactive improves your chances of receiving prefile resolutions which will prevent criminal charges from being filed. Thus, avoiding a criminal record and court penalties. One such resolution is a dismissal by way of Civil Compromise under California Penal Code section 1377-1379.

Contact Our Pasadena Hit And Run Lawyers Today For A Free Case Review

Being targeted for investigation or prosecution for any crime is stressful and the anxiety is compounded by the uncertainty of what can happen next and what the consequences will be. As a client of our Pasadena criminal defense firm, you can be confident you will receive the detailed and personal attention required to achieve the best possible case outcome. Furthermore, your Hit and Run lawyer will be among the most experienced criminal attorneys in Pasadena. With over 70 years of combined criminal law experience, Mr. Hanrahan and Mr. Sitkoff, personally handle each of our firm’s cases, and both are committed to achieving only the best results. For a top notch legal defense, contact us 24/7 online or call us now at (626) 628-9185 for a free case analysis.

Since 1987, our Pasadena criminal defense attorneys have successfully defended misdemeanor and felony crimes originating out of the following Pasadena area cities:

South Pasadena, Arcadia, Alhambra, Monterrey Park, Sierra Madre, San Gabriel, San Marino, and Alta Dena

Stephen Sitkoff

Stephen Sitkoff

Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney

Stephen Sitkoff is a partner at Sitkoff & Hanrahan who started his legal career as a deputy district attorney more than 30 years ago prosecuting cases throughout the LA criminal court system in Southern California.
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Eugene Hanrahan

Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney

Eugene Hanrahan is both a former federal and county prosecutor and partner at Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP with two decades of criminal law experience. Mr. Hanrahan’s criminal defense expertise ranges from misdemeanors to serious, complex felony cases.
James Kim

James Kim

Senior Case Analyst

James possesses over a decade of legal experience and serves as the firm’s senior case analyst handling the initial calls from prospective clients.