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Tips to Avoid Mistakes After a Hit & Run Accident

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We understand how you feel . . . so let’s face it, you made a mistake in not stopping and exchanging information and you’re trying to figure out what to do next. You’re stress level is through the roof and you’re confused. You don’t want to do the wrong thing. These are all common feelings and emotions our clients have.

Our law firm is dedicated to helping our clients make every effort to cooperate and work with the police to avoid hit and run charges being filed against you.

We offer potential clients a free phone consultation to learn your options to successfully resolving your legal problem.

Let our 30 years of experience work for you!

Tip #1 - It is never a good idea to turn yourself into the police station (no matter how guilty you feel) without knowing all of the details about the accident. This includes understanding whether you or your vehicle have been identified by the other party, a witness, or the police.

Cooperation, at an early stage, frequently eliminates our clients from being arrested. We can help by negotiating with the police to keep this from happening and save you from this very unpleasant experience.

Tip #2 - Don’t call the police when you have left the scene of an accident without exchanging information or without consulting an attorney first. Typically once we have contacted the police this eliminates the police from coming to your home or place of employment.

Should the police contact you, we would advise you not to provide a statement without having the benefit of legal assistance first and an understanding the facts of the case and any evidence that the police have.

Tip #3 - If you car has been impounded by the police, and is being held for evidence for a hit and run accident, we can help ! Retaining an experienced hit and run defense lawyer will always expedite the release of your car. You should understand that your vehicle will not be released until you have provided a statement of the facts, proof of your driver’s license and insurance. (We can help even if you don’t have a valid driver’s license or insurance.) We work with our clients to provide written statements to the police to avoid our clients from being interrogated by the officer and possibly saying something that makes their situation worse. Often, we can even avoid our clients from going to the police station altogether.

Tip #4 - Honesty may or may not, be the best thing for you to do without knowing more about the facts of the case including “has anyone identified you or your vehicle”. Be cautious, all statements made to the police by you can be used against you. Before making a statement to the police, know your options and have a strategy to put you in the best light.

Tip #5 - Don’t make your situation worse by making false statements to the police or your insurance company (like my car was stolen, when it wasn’t). If you have already done this, we can help correct these mistakes to avoid more trouble.

Tip #6 - It is in your best interest to understand the facts of your case from both sides prior to filing an insurance claim. Although fault is not an issue, as far as the police are concerned, it is critically important to the decision of your insurance company whether or not to agree to pay the other party’s claim.

Tip #7 - Frequently, the police will not tell you what evidence they have before they interview you, but they will usually tell your lawyer. This creates a major advantage for you before deciding what to say to the police. Knowledge is power!

Tip #8 - If you have received a letter from the police to contact them, or a notice from the court that a case has been filed against you, it is advisable to consult an attorney immediately before taking any action. If you have a Court case, we can still fight to have all charges dismissed through a civil compromise with the consent of the other party and the Judge. This will result in a total dismissal of all charges and penalties.

Tip #9 - Be aware that retaining the services of a hit and run specialist to protect your freedom and good record is the most important step you can take to successfully resolving your legal problem.

We charge reasonable fees and offer clients payment plans without any additional cost. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted. No office visit is required and we can begin work on your case immediately without the necessity of coming into the office.

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Ron Hoffman has been amazing since I first contacted him. After a hit and run it can be scary as it’s something I’ve never dealt with before. I first talked to his office staff and then he called me very shortly after. He explained everything and always got tot he point. He also really put us at ease and handled the entire case as well as giving us updates along the way as needed. In the end there were no charges filed and will forever be grateful. I am so thankful for Ron Hoffman and the way he handled my case. I would highly recommend him. Tihana Rodriguez
Ron and his team are the best! I got into a hit and run accident. I fled the scene because I didn’t have insurance and panicked! After the details of the case came out, we found out I was driving with a suspended license AND the car I hit also hit the car in front of them. I was so scared I was going to go to jail. I called Ron before I contacted the highway patrol and he worked with me to contact the police. He acquired all details from my case and walked me through the process step by step. In the end I didn’t have to go to court, and all charges were dropped. I am so grateful I found him!!! He saved me.. LITERALLY. Thank you for all that you do. If you are involved in an accident like mine, reach out to Hoffman & Associates. They are the best and you will not regret it. Makena Gregory
You will never encounter a more genuine, sincere, and highly talented attorney than Ron Hoffman. His experience and legal knowledge alone distinguish him as one of the foremost elite Defense attorneys in CA — But the diligence and compassion he exudes when representing your case is what truly separates Ron from all others. Hiring Ron was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Accidents happen throughout the course of ones life, and when one did, I cannot begin to explain how relieved I was having Ron & his team fighting for me in my corner. Whatever anxiety experienced surrounding the incident or trepidation rooted in the fear of the unknown, we’re relieved the first day I reached out to Hoffman & Associates. HarvestMoon Prod
I was in court for hit and run with injury and charged with 20001 pc. A misdemeanor. I cannot say enough about the legal services Ron Hoffman and his Team provided. He kept me informed every step of the way. Ron fought hard to get a civil compromise. The civil compromise was obtained at the last moment. Went in to court with the civil compromise and a plea bargain both in hand. The plea bargain he had arranged just in case. With the plea bargain no jail but I would have lost my license for one year putting me out of work. Thanks to Ron and his expertise the Judge dismissed the case. I thank God it was Ron Hoffman that I just happened to pick for my attorney. I highly recommend Ron Hoffman and associates. Ron Hoffman was always the one I talked to on the phone. Always with a calming tone. Thank You again... M Elliot
His firm took over and dealt with the police and helped me know what to say to my insurance company. After over a month and a half of work he called me and gave me the great news that he got my case dropped completely. No charges were filed and I avoided having a misdemeanor hit and run on my-record, no court, no fines. He did exactly what he said he would, his staff was very responsive to my every call and his fees and payment plan made all this affordable. I would recommend him to anyone who has a hit and run or any case... Peter J.
I can't thank him enough for the excellent results he got me and comforted me the whole time. Always answering my questions promptly, working on solutions to help this case from becoming a bigger ordeal. His staff was kind and treated me with the highest respect. They made this nightmare go away. I would recommend Hoffman and Associates to anyone in legal trouble... John S.
When I got a letter from the Court charging me with Hit and Run, my heart dropped. Mr. Hoffman told me that he would try and get the charges not to be filed by contacting the other party. His quick and skillful work restored my perfect driving record, and kept me out of Court. Words cannot express my deep appreciation... Tony C.
I want to express my most sincere thanks to you and your firm not only for resolving my case but also for caring for me as a person. You took the time to listen to my legal quandary and also listened to my personal circumstances which had affected the decisions I made in my life. You walked me through the legal process and help me feel at ease and assured me that a positive outcome was possible. You and your firm truly displayed empathy, honesty and allow me to make payments according to my financial situation. I will refer you to anyone... Hector D.
When I was accused of Hit and Run I was very scared. You not only helped me through the legal system with the Police Detective, but you protected me from this incident going any further into the Court system. I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks for making my life easier and allowing me to sleep at night... Lauren C.
My family and I simply owe our life and future to Ron Hoffman. If you are looking for a lawyer that goes above and beyond the call of duty you can't find a better lawyer than Ron. He took my case head on from the moment I called his office. I was involved in an accidental hit and run where I was unaware of the injury. Every step of the way, Ron guided me through an almost two year long investigation and court settlement process and was constantly by my side through out every crossroad... Bill Martin
I lived in fear for many days and had sleepless nights until the day I finally hired Attorney Hoffman. He guided me through the channels of investigation with the police department and avoided me be taken into custody and charged with a misdemeanor hit and run. He assisted me with the insurance company and negotiations with the other party. I was able to come out of this with nothing on my record, and peace of mind. Mr. Hoffman reassured me throughout the whole process, took my numerous calls and welcomed any questions throughout the day. His staff also treated me with kindness and respect. Would I recommend Mr. Hoffman, without a doubt... Lauren T.
The successful outcome of my case proves Mr. Hoffman to be a competent and trustworthy attorney. He surely made the right decisions to protect me throughout the entire process. Even after the case had been closed, he was always helpful in answering any questions I had. His fees were reasonable and worth every dollar... Hector G.
I can't begin to thank Mr. Hoffman enough for his extensive efforts throughout the entire case. He went absolutely above and beyond throughout the entire process. From day one he was immediately actively pursuing ways to prevent my case from ever going to court and once that was no longer an option, actively began working on getting the case ultimately dismissed. His communication was consistent and reassuring, despite my frantic worries all the time... Micaiah Botts