Torrance, Speed Contest with Crash, No Jail, Summary Probation
Our client’s car knocked over a power pole and power box, coming to rest in front of a furniture business on the west side of Hawthorne.
In a Nutshell: Torrance, speed contest with 225 feet of skid marks before crash, plea bargain to 10 days of Cal Trans, 5 days of community service, restricted license for 6 months and 2 years of summary probation.
Greg Hill & Associates met with the client and immediately drove with him to the accident scene to better understand what happened. The client was quite candid in simply admitting that he and his friend were drag racing. After all, the roads were deserted and four lanes in width just for southbound travel, so it did not seem to endanger anyone else.
Our client tried changing lanes away from his friend, but then decided against doing so, while accelerating rapidly. To avoid changing lanes, he turned the wheel quickly in the opposite direction, causing his vehicle to instantly spin out of control. He then panicked and did not even hit the brakes. The skid marks on Hawthorne seemed to confirm this sequence of events.
Greg explained that the client would be more than punished monetarily by the insurance rate increases, so it was really not necessary to punish him in a criminal context too much. No one was injured, either, luckily.
Greg then negotiated a plea bargain for our client wherein all charges were dismissed except count one, Engaging in a Speed Contest on a Public Highway. In exchange for this plea bargain, our client pled no contest to count one and was sentenced to two years of informal, or summary probation, ordered to perform ten days Cal Trans work, ordered to perform 40 hours of approved community service and a have a six (6) month suspension on his driver’s license. The client also stipulated to liability for restitution to the furniture store, Southern California Edison and the county light pole.
Had our client fought his case at trial and been found guilty of each charge (which seemed probable), he faced a maximum of 3 years and 9 months in Los Angeles County Jail, as well as thousands of dollars to pay as restitution to the business damaged during the collision and to Southern California Edison (for the power pole and power box).