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Can a civil compromise get a hit and run charge dismissed?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Mar 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

A civil compromise (“CC”) can get a hit and run charge dismissed in California provided that: the offense gets charged as a misdemeanor (and not a felony), and the defendant compensates the victim for any damages that the crime caused. Civil compromises take place in California criminal proceedings when a judge dismisses a criminal charge against a defendant after he compensates the victim for any damages his offense caused. A CC is only available in misdemeanor cases. They are not allowed in felony cases. Under California law, hit and run (“H&R”) is considered a crime under Vehicle Code 20001 and 20002. The crime is charged as a felony, per VC 20001, when the offense results in a person being injured or killed. In most other scenarios, VC 20002 says that a hit and run will be charged as a misdemeanor.

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