Posted on June 23, 2016 by Anita Patel

In Los Angeles, hit and run is a serious crime, and it’s on the rise. According to NBC News, every 18 minutes in Los Angeles there is a hit and run!

California law is very specific about Hit and Run. If you are the driver of a car here in Southern California and you are involved in an accident, you are required to stop your car and provide identifying information to the other party or owner of the property. If you flee the scene, you may be charged with hit and run.

If the other party is not available, you are required to leave in a conspicuous place on the vehicle or other property that was damaged a written notice providing your name, address and a statement of the circumstances and notify the local police department. (California Vehicle Code section 20002)

Most hit and runs are charged as misdemeanors when there is only property damage, but if there is bodily injury or death, the driver will be charged with a felony. Penalties for misdemeanor hit and run can include up to 6 months in county jail, two points on your DMV record, up to $1000 in fines plus restitution for damages.

Felony hit and run penalties can include up to four years in state prison, up to $10,000 in fines, and two points on your DMV record. (California Vehicle Code section 20001)

Here at the Law Offices of Anita Patel, we work diligently to assist in getting the most favorable resolution. It’s important to note that the prosecution must prove that you were in fact driving the car and that you knew you had caused damage or injury. Again, if you even suspect you are involved in an accident, you are required to stop and identify yourself to the other party. Every case is unique, and you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer to help you explore all your options. Call our offices to discuss the particulars of your hit and run case.


Posted on June 23, 2016 by Anita Patel

If you’ve been convicted of a crime, one of the most damaging consequences can arise during an employment background check. Most employers will ask if you have been convicted of a crime, and 80% of employers now perform criminal background checks. As the LA Times has reported, the road back to gainful employment can be a difficult one, but not impossible, if you have a conviction on your record.

Pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4, an expungement will effectively allow you to withdraw your verdict or previously entered plea (guilty or no contest) and dismissed the charges. Once an expungement is granted by the court it typically eliminates the requirement to disclose this conviction to potential private employers, and precludes them from denying you employment due to the criminal case.

To be eligible for an expungement, there are several criteria. Most notably, you must first complete the probationary term of your sentence and not be on probation for any offense. Second, you cannot have outstanding criminal charges against you, and third, you are cannot be serving a sentence for any offense. There are other factors, and we are available here at the Law Offices of Anita Patel to discuss the unique elements of your case

Finally, perhaps this testimonial will sound familiar:

Last summer I was cited for my first time (and my last time) for shoplifting clothing. At the time, I made one bad decision…to this day I still don't know what took a hold of me and compelled me to do something so stupid like that. Obviously at the time and in that moment I wasn't thinking about what life would be like for me today…I fear (I won’t be hired because of) one black dot in my past that they will use to judge my present and future character. I have so much to offer. I can work hard and prove myself that I am trustworthy and honest person. That 20 minutes of bad decision making in my life completely does not stand for who I am as a prospective employee.

Will I get a second chance at life?

Many can get a second chance, and there is hope; the Law Offices of Anita Patel can help you sort through your options. Call today for a free consultation, and get that second chance you deserve.

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