VC 20001 (a, b, c, d) - Hit and Run / Injury / Property Damage
VC 2001 (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 and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.
(b) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a person who violates subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.
(2) If the accident described in subdivision (a) results in death or permanent, serious injury, a person who violates subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not less than 90 days nor more than one year, or by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine. However, the court, in the interests of justice and for reasons stated in the record, may reduce or eliminate the minimum imprisonment required by this paragraph.
(3) In imposing the minimum fine required by this subdivision, the court shall take into consideration the defendant’s ability to pay the fine and, in the interests of justice and for reasons stated in the record, may reduce the amount of that minimum fine to less than the amount otherwise required by this subdivision.
(c) A person who flees the scene of the crime after committing a violation of Section 191.5 of, or paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 192 of the Penal Code, upon conviction of any of those sections, in addition and consecutive to the punishment prescribed, shall be punished by an additional term of imprisonment of five years in the state prison. This additional term shall not be imposed unless the allegation is charged in the accusatory pleading and admitted by the defendant or found to be true by the trier of fact. The court shall not strike a finding that brings a person within the provisions of this subdivision or an allegation made pursuant to this subdivision.
(d) As used in this section, “permanent, serious injury” means the loss or permanent impairment of function of a bodily member or organ
Hit and Run tickets for violating VC 20001 (a-d) are very serious criminal charges that can have negative consequences that last for 10 years or more. These are misdemeanor violations, which are criminal offenses. Misdemeanor violations will give the driver a criminal record for 7-10 years, which will show up on most background searches.
The penalties for violating VC 20001 (a-d) includes 2 points on the DMV record for 10 years, license suspension for 30 days to 10 months, possible jail sentence of 4 days to 10 years, and fines of $1,000 to $10,000 for the first offense.
Hit and Run offenses can double, even triple, a driver’s insurance rates for many years.
If charged with VC 20001 (a-d), it is highly recommended to hire an experienced attorney to help with this. An experienced attorney will often get a far better outcome for a driver than that person could obtain on their own.
This is why you never want to accept the charges, plead guilty, and pay the fines for Hit and Run violations.