R. Addison Steele II, Attorney at Law - Criminal defense attorney in Santa Barbara
Hit and Run
Addison Steele has:
A hit and run trial acquittal
(Vehicle Code § 20001(a))
(Victor Vasquez).
     A hit and run conviction can result in up to three years in jail.  I have done a three strikes hit and run trial where the client was facing life in prison for the charge.  My client was acquitted of all charges and went home.
     My terrorist threats trial successes include: 
Victor Vasquez
  • Victor Vasquez
  • Charges:  Assault with a car (Penal Code § 245(a)(1), hit and run (Vehicle Code § 20001(a)) and a later driving under the influence (Vehicle Code §§ 23152(a)&(b)) with three strike priors (Penal Code § 667(c)&(e)(2)(A)/1170.12(c)(2)).
  • Exposure:  Victor was facing fifty years to life in prison.
  • Outcome:  Despite Victor's girlfriend's testimony that Victor had tried to run her over with his pickup truck, the jury acquitted Victor of all charges accept a conceded unrelated driving under the influence charge.  Victor was given credit for time served for the DUI and released from jail. He now runs his own lawn care business.
     Questions you should ask an attorney that you are considering hiring for a terrorist threats case:
  • Have you done a hit and run trial before?
  • This question is important because a hit and run trial can often involve emotional testimony.
  • I have done and won a life sentence exposure hit and run trial.
  • What were the results of your hit and run trials?
  • This question is important because in a hit and run trial there are so many ways to fight hard and attack the district attorney's case.  If an attorney has won a hit and run trial, the attorney has the experience and skills to handle the level of complexity involved in a hit and run trial.
  • I have won a life sentence exposure hit and run trial.  If you find another attorney that has saved more than one client from life in prison by winning a hit and run trial, hire that person.  If you want the best possible chance of winning, you should contact me.
  • Do you train others lawyers in your techniques for winning hit and run trials?
  • This question is important because typically only the leading lawyers in a field are invited to conduct trainings of other lawyers.
  • I was a speaker at the California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) homicide defense training in 2011 to train on my winning trials by humanizing the client method. I have also given that same training at the Riverside County Public Defenders Office, the Riverside County Barristers, the Santa Clara County Public Defenders Office and the San Francisco County Public Defenders Office. I was a speaker at the CPDA homicide defense training in 2012 to train on utilizing a neuropsychologist in a homicide case. The skills that I teach to other lawyers are easily utilized in a hit and run trial.
  • How long were the hit and run trials you've done and how many days of defense did you present?
  • These questions are important because although some cases just call for a short trial, a short trial can also mean that the prosecution was not sufficiently challenged or that no defense was presented.  A hit and run trial that lasts five or so court days is reason for concern because it's an indicator that the prosecution is not being thoroughly challenged and a complete defense is not being presented.
  • I have spent nine court days in a hit and run trial.  My success with the hit and run trial is really unparalleled.
     If you need to talk to me about a hit and run case, you can send me an e-mail at rasteele@steeledefender.com or call me at (805) 770-1188.
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