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Some of the most common offenses involving vehicles and disturbing the peace include crimes such as Hit and Run, Disturbing the Peace, Driving with a Suspended License, Driving without a License or Insurance, or being Drunk in Public. It is important to hire a lawyer that understands the offenses, the defenses, and will zealously defend your rights.

Hit and Run

California's Hit and Run law is a wobbler, which means it can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor. You may be convicted of a hit and run if you:

  • 1. Leave the scene of an accident/collision,
  • 2. Without providing your information or identifying yourself to the other party or parties, or leaving your information if the other party or parties are not present, or without taking additional measures to contact the other party or parties; and
  • 3. The other party or party's property was damaged in the accident/collision.

A felony occurs when the accident/collision causes injury to a person or property. If only property damage is the result of the collision it is likely that only a misdemeanor will be the charge. If there was injury to the other party or parties, then a felony may be charged.

Disturbing the Peace

California Disturbing the Peace law can be charged as either a misdemeanor or infraction and is breached when someone:

  • 1. Unlawfully engages in fighting, challenging another person to fight, and is in a public place;
  • 2. Disturbs another person with loud and unreasonable noise; if this is done willfully and maliciously; and
  • 3. Using offensive words in a public place causing or provoking an immediate violent reaction.

Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License

California's Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License law is a misdemeanor, but the penalties may vary according the reason why your license was suspended, and how and why you were cited for violating your license suspension or revocation.

Driving with a suspended or revoked license occurs when:

  • 1. You drove a motor vehicle when your California driver's license was suspended or revoked; and
  • 2. You knew or should have known that your California driving privileges were suspended or revoked.

Drunk in Public and Public Intoxication

California's Drunk in Public or Public Intoxication statute can be charged as a misdemeanor, but the penalties may vary according to the reason you were arrested.

A violation of the Drunk in Public and Public Intoxication statute can yield to a maximum of six months in jail and is violated when:

  • 1. Your level of intoxication makes you unable to exercise reasonable care for yourself and those around you; or
  • 2. Your level of intoxication obstructs or interferes with others' ability to use streets, sidewalks, or other public ways.

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Daniel Vaswani

Daniel is a business, criminal, and social security benefits lawyer dedicated to assisting his client's achieve their goals, mitigating risks and consequences, and defending their rights. His diverse practice is a result of broad experiences as a lawyer and before obtaining his law degree.


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