This serious offense under California Vehicle Code 23109(a) and it's one that the police, prosecutors and judges punish extremely severely in Los Angeles County. If the police catch anybody involved with street racing, they will arrest everyone. That includes the drivers who were involved in the race, the spectators and the flag person who's actually starting the race.
I've handled a number of these cases recently and the prosecutors – because of all of the deaths on the road – are looking to put people in jail and give them severe punishments that can cause them to lose their license for a long period of time.
Reviewing Your Case With a Lawyer
If you're charged with street racing in LA, you better get an attorney. You better figure out exactly what happened so that your attorney has a version of
events that gives you a mitigating position. In other words, it's time to do damage control.
It's time to show that you have, hopefully, a clean driving record, a clean criminal record, that you've got a job, and that you will never get involved with something like this again. With that under the attorney's belt, that gives us an opportunity to try to convince the prosecutors to give you a break.
Nobody wants to go to jail, and rightfully so. But when it comes to street racing, the prosecutors are looking to put a mark on your record, put you in jail and punish you to a level that you will never do it again.
When it comes to punishments for street racing, really what the prosecutors and judges are looking at is a deterrent so that you never engage in this type of activity again, and to punish you to be an example for others who might think about engaging in street racing.
There are thousands of deaths each year that are directly linked to people racing on the street. Sometimes it's a formal race where they're actually going to a specific location. People know it's going to be a race and there's a flagger.
Other times, people are just seeing cars on the road deciding that they want to race with that person revving their engines and a race ensues and what ends up happening is people die. People are hitting curbs, they're going on the wrong side of the road, ramming in the back of people, running over pedestrians, or running over bicyclists.
Can Vehicle Code Section 23109(a) Become A Felony?
Street racing in Los Angeles and throughout California is what's known as a wobbler if someone becomes seriously injured. When I say wobbler, that means it could be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor charge. If charged as a felony, a person can be facing up to three years in prison.
If somebody is severely injured, for example, they get great bodily injury as a result of the street racing and the person actually has to admit a great bodily injury allegation, that's a strike. The person will serve 85% of whatever time they get, and they will have a strike on their record for the rest of their lives.
So, bottom line is, street racing is extremely dangerous and if you're charged with this crime, obviously you want to get the best attorney you can find and differentiate yourself from the other dangerous individuals who are getting jail and prison time and a mark put on their record for the rest of their lives.
If someone engages in a street race while intoxicated and someone else dies, the person who was driving intoxicated can also be charged with second-degree murder, be facing fifteen years to life in prison, and obviously, this can be a disastrous life-altering event.
So, if you're charged with street racing in LA, I suggest you give me a call. We'll sit down and go over everything and we will do everything we can, if there's a defense, to defend you and get you out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible. If there's not a defense and they've got the evidence on you, witnesses, then we're going to do damage control and do everything we can to preserve your good name, your reputation, your freedom and your record.
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