The Consequences of Staged Accidents

Posted by Neil Shouse | Apr 06, 2010 | 0 Comments

Staged accidents are just that — “accidents” that are staged. Often times orchestrated by sophisticated crime rings, these intentional collisions are planned to make it look like an insured driver is at fault when, in reality, the insured driver was “set up” by the seemingly victimized party/parties.

Staged accidents are extremely dangerous and subject the individual or group who organized the collision to a variety of penalties.

The most common charge filed in connection with these accidents is Penal Code 548 PC, California's auto insurance fraud law. If convicted of auto insurance fraud under California Penal Code 548 PC, the defendant faces a state prison sentence of up to five years plus an additional and consecutive three to six year sentence if anyone other than the defendant or an accomplice suffers a serious injury.

Another charge that is related to staged accidents is assault with a deadly weapon. Under California's ADW law, a car qualifies as a deadly weapon and subjects the defendant to four years in the state prison, with the same possible sentencing enhancement if anyone suffers a serious injury.

If anyone is killed as a result of the “accident”, the defendant(s) will face prosecution for vehicular manslaughter. Vehicular manslaughter carries a possible ten-year prison sentence when committed during the course of a staged accident. (See our article, Assault with a deadly weapon or Assault with a firearm in California law.)

About the Author

Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Comments have been disabled.

Free attorney consultations...

The attorneys at Shouse Law Group bring more than 100 years collective experience fighting for individuals. We're ready to fight for you. Call us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 855-LAW-FIRM for a free case evaluation.

Regain peace of mind...

Shouse Law Defense Group has multiple locations throughout California. Click Office Locations to find out which office is right for you.

Office Locations

Shouse Law Group has multiple locations all across California, Nevada, and Colorado. Click Office Locations to find out which office is right for you.

Call us 24/7 (855) 396-0370