Stockton Lawyers Assist with Traffic Violation Defense
Motor vehicle offense attorneys dedicated to preserving your rights
Conviction on a motor vehicle charge can lead to imprisonment, fines or the loss of your driving privileges. If your ability to commute to work or transport your family is at stake, you need dedicated legal counsel to ensure that you’re receiving the strongest defense possible. At San Joaquin Family Law, we are committed to developing a unique strategy for each client so that they can emerge with the best possible outcome.
Advocating for motorists charged with leaving an accident scene
Even when they’re not at fault, drivers sometimes panic after a collision and depart without fully recognizing what’s occurred. California imposes various penalties for leaving the scene of a vehicle accident, and the skilled lawyers of San Joaquin Family Law can help you understand and fight the charges that might be brought, including:
- Accidents with injury or death — Even if the injured person is in your own car, you must stop and report any accident where someone is hurt or killed. Depending on the nature of the injury and other factors, this can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony.
- Accidents with property damage — It is a misdemeanor to leave the scene of an accident where property damage has occurred, to any of the vehicles involved. Each driver must provide the other with contact, license and insurance information.
- Accidents when the other driver is not there — California law requires drivers to leave a note in a conspicuous place when an accident causes damage to a vehicle whose owner cannot be located. The note-writer must include their contact information and immediately notify the police.
In cases involving serious and permanent injuries or death, the penalties may include imprisonment in a state facility for up to four years, so it is imperative that you get experienced counsel if you’re facing these charges.
Aiding drivers accused of operating vehicles without a proper license
People who drive without a valid license face more than a ticket. It is a criminal misdemeanor to operate a vehicle if you are not a licensed driver. Non-licensed drivers are subject to fines of up to $1,000 or even jail time in some cases. Driving with a suspended license carries harsher sanctions and a greater likelihood of imprisonment. There might be situations where an individual was not aware that his license was suspended. In these cases, and others, the experienced attorneys at San Joaquin Family Law can mount an effective defense to help minimize or eliminate your punishment.
Strong representation against allegations of reckless driving
California law mandates a sentence of at least five days in jail for reckless driving convictions, so it is important to obtain skilled legal assistance to avert that possibility. Conviction requires proof of a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. Our attorneys will work with you to build a defense designed to demonstrate that even if some damage occurred, the required mind set did not exist.
Contact our California law firm if you’ve been charged with a traffic law violation
San Joaquin Family Law attorneys defend individuals accused of vehicle offenses and other violations in San Joaquin County. Call 209.478.2700 or contact us online for a free initial consultation at our Stockton office.