Formal charges were filed on Tuesday against four people accused of leaving a restaurant without paying their bill and subsequently running over the waitress who came out to confront them as they fled.  Charges include felony aggravated assault, felony hit-and-run with injury and misdemeanor defrauding an innkeeper.

The four suspects left the restaurant in Anaheim without paying their bill which prompted the young female server to follow them out to the parking lot to confront them.  As the suspects drove away, the waitress was struck by the car and knocked down, suffering only minor to moderate injuries.

Felony hit-and-run with injury is a serious crime in California and something that prosecutors take very seriously.  As you may know from the increased coverage of, and stricter laws regarding, hit-and-runs, they have become somewhat of an epidemic in Southern California.  Felony hit-and-run is punishable by either 16 months, 2 years or 3 years in state prison.  If someone dies or is seriously injured, that range jumps to between 2 to 4 years.

But wait, there’s more!  There may also be a license suspension from the DMV and/or 2 points added to your driving record as a result of this incident.  This is a completely separate proceeding from the criminal charges and should be something your attorney handles and takes into consideration when resolving your case.

If you have been involved in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles, read more about the nuts and bolts here.  Remember to always contact your attorney prior to speaking to law enforcement, even if you think you might have been justified in leaving, you might make incriminating statements that can be used against you later on.

Attorney Ross Erlich handles all aspects of both misdemeanor and felony hit-and-run charges in Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Burbank and Pasadena.  If you were involved in a hit-and-run, contact our office immediately and let us be the ones to answer the cops’ questions, not you.

A man suspected of driving the vehicle that struck and killed a man using a walker turned himself into police on Monday afternoon with his attorney.

According to police, the victim was a man in his 40s who was walking on Ventura Boulevard near Gaviota, outside of a crosswalk, in the early morning hours when he was stuck by the suspect’s SUV.  Police allege the suspect then fled northbound on Haskell Avenue.

The suspect turned himself into the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division later in the day with his attorney and was booked and being held on felony hit-and-run charges.  His bail was set at $50,000.

If you have been involved in, or arrested for, a hit-and-run in Los Angeles, I would recommend first reading our office’s previous blog detailing what are the first steps to take and how to protect yourself.  It is important to know that you are under no obligation to make any statements to the police without having your attorney present.  Remembering this fact, and actually following this advice, has helped prevent criminal charges from ever being filed against many of our office’s clients.  It is just as important to know that if you are cooperative (through your attorney, of course) with law enforcement, there can be ways to resolve the matter outside of the courtroom.

Felony hit-and-run charges are much more serious.  There is the possibility of state prison time, a felony conviction on your criminal record and a significant impact on your California driver’s license.

If you or someone you know has been involved in, or arrested for, a hit-and-run in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Torrance, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Culver City, Pasadena or Van Nuys, contact attorney Ross Erlich today for a free consultation and case evaluation.  Making a call early in the process just may end up saving you from criminal charges.


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