What is Fleeing and Eluding?
According to Florida law, if a driver has been asked to stop and/or remain stopped by a law enforcement officer, he/she is required to cooperate with the officer and do as asked. If the driver fails to stop or remain stopped after being told to do so by an officer of the law, he/she can be charged with fleeing and eluding.
The penalties of fleeing and eluding include a fine of up to $5,000 and 5 years in prison or 5 years of probation if the circumstances are not aggravating. In case of severe circumstances where the attempt to flee caused damage, injuries, or death, the penalties increase to up t0 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Irrespective of the severity of the circumstances, the license of the driver is revoked.
What Do I Do If I’ve Been Accused?
If you are accused of fleeing and eluding an officer of law in Florida, get in touch with a fleeing and eluding defense lawyer as soon as possible. A criminal defense attorney can build a solid defense for you and can help you mitigate the consequences you are facing.
For your act to be classified as fleeing and eluding, the order to stop and/or remain stopped must be clearly communicated to you, the officer must clearly identify him/herself, and there must be no extenuating circumstances, such as a female driving alone who continued to drive until finding a safe, public place to pull over. In these cases, the defendant has a strong case and may be able to have the charges completely dismissed.
I have a solid track record of success in defending clients who have been charged with fleeing and eluding, and will apply my skills and expertise to your case. For a consultation to discuss the charges against you, contact me today at 1-305-433-0497.