(Vehicle Code Section 20002(a))and you should always seek legal counsel.
Here is a testimonial from one client who faced a six month jail term. Solutions are possible with good representation.
"I was charged with one count of hit and run (Vehicle Code Section 20002(a)) for causing more then $5,000.00 in damages then allegedly leaving the scene. I could have faced up to 6 months in jail I hired Attorney William Bruzzo to represent me in this case as I was told he is very familiar with the judges, courts and the district attorneys in Orange County. Mr. Bruzzo spoke with the District Attorney but felt he could get a better deal so he turned to the Judge and in the end negotiated a civil compromise (Penal Code Section 1377) whereby the victim was compensated and the case was DISMISSED. I am truly grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for his representation in this matter as it spared me from going to jail and having a conviction on my record. Also, this case could have been filed as a felony yet remained in the misdemeanor court. As such, I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any criminal matter."
~~ MH, December 1, 2009