California Vehicular Offenses

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accidentSometimes it seems that California has as many vehicle-related laws as it does cars – besides the hundreds of infractions listed in the California Vehicle Code, there are a host of more serious offenses such as DUI, hit-and-run, and evading arrest. These are serious crimes with severe repercussions and require expert legal help. The skilled defense lawyers of The Kavinoky Law Firm have the experience needed to effectively defend any vehicle-related offense in the greater Los Angeles area or anywhere in California.

California’s drunk driving laws are among the strictest in the nation – a driver convicted of DUI faces consequences that include heavy fines, long driver’s license suspensions, and even jail time. The severity of the driver’s case depends on many factors, such as whether the offense was charged as a misdemeanor or a felony and whether the motorist refused a chemical test to determine blood alcohol content (BAC). However, it’s possible to fight a driving under the influence charge and win with a top defense attorney at the driver’s side.

Hit-and-run is another serious offense under California law. Anyone who leaves the scene after being involved in or causing an accident can be charged with hit-and-run. The seriousness of the charges will depend on whether the accident involved property damage, injury, or death. If convicted, the driver faces fines, a license suspension, probation, and possibly even incarceration. However, it may be possible to avoid some or all of these repercussions. Sometimes a carefully negotiated plea bargain can reduce or eliminate punishment. In other cases, it may be possible to create reasonable doubt of the driver’s guilt and win an acquittal.

Evading arrest is another California offense with extremely serious repercussions. Anyone who fails to stop for police when requested to do so may be charged with this offense. Drivers who fail to stop for police are often charged with evading with reckless driving, a more serious offense. If someone other than the driver is hurt or killed during a police pursuit or other attempt to stop the driver, the motorist likely will be charged with evading causing injury or death, which is a very serious offense.

If a driver charged with hit-and-run or evading arrest is found to have a BAC of .08 percent or greater, or if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident, the motorist will also be charged with driving under the influence. These are complex cases that require expert legal representation.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in California

The knowledgeable defense attorneys of The Kavinoky Law Firm have the experience needed to effectively defend any vehicular offense and will stand up for the driver’s rights and freedom. To learn more about effective defenses to California DUI, hit-and-run, or evading arrest charges, contact a skilled defense lawyer today for a free consultation.