Hit & Run
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Even though it’s called “felony” hit and run, the crime of Vehicle Code 20001 VC hit and run is actually a wobbler. This means that the prosecutor may choose to try it as a misdemeanor or a felony4 …usually depending on the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history.
If felony hit and run is tried as a misdemeanor, the maximum penalties are a fine of between one thousand dollars ($1,000) and ten thousand dollars ($10,000), and/or up to one (1) year in county jail. If the accident resulted in a death or a permanent, serious injury, in most cases the defendant will need to serve at least ninety (90) days in jail.5
But if it is prosecuted as a felony, felony hit and run carries penalties of a fine of between one thousand dollars ($1,000) and ten thousand dollars ($10,000)…plus sixteen (16) months to three (3) years in state prison. If someone (other than the defendant) was killed or suffered a permanent, serious injury in the accident, the state prison sentence rises to two (2) to four (4) years.6
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