Orlando Fleeing and Eluding Defense Attorney
Orlando Traffic Defense Attorney Provides Vigorous Defense Against Fleeing And Eluding Charges
Fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer is a felony in Florida, subject to consequences such as jail time, driver's license suspension and a substantial fine. In some situations, police may even have the authority to seize your vehicle. If you plea guilty to Fleeing and eluding or no contest to this plea you will become a convicted felon under Florida Law. Call us today before making any statement to the police. We are available 7 days a week!
Fleeing And Eluding: Definition Under FL Law
"Fleeing and Eluding" is defined under Florida Statute 316.1935 as having the following elements:
- The defendant was driving a vehicle on a Florida street or highway;
- A Florida law enforcement officer ordered the defendant to stop or remain stopped and
- The defendant, knowing that he or she had been ordered to stop by the law enforcement officer either
- willfully refused or failed to stop the vehicle, or
- having stopped the vehicle, willfully fled in vehicle in an attempt to elude the officer.
Simple fleeing and eluding is a third-degree felony in Florida, subject to a prison sentence of up to five years. The charge and penalties can be aggravated if:
- The police car had its lights and siren on
- You drive in a reckless manner while fleeing
- You caused an accident resulting in bodily injury or wrongful death
If you fled a law enforcement officer with lights and siren on, while driving in a reckless manner and caused an accident resulting in injury or death, you could be charged with a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Defenses To Fleeing And Eluding Charges
Just because a police officer accused you of fleeing and eluding does not mean that the state can prove the charges. Examples of defenses include:
- You didn't know the vehicle was a police car
- You didn't know the officer was pursuing you
- You drove a relatively short distance to find a safe place to pull over
Experienced Defense Against Fleeing And Eluding Charges
Orlando traffic violation lawyers will carefully consider the evidence against you in your fleeing and eluding charges and will look for the most effective defense case. They are equally capable of challenging your arrest and charge, building a defense based on extenuating circumstances or negotiating with prosecutors to obtain an outcome that is manageable for you. Call us today at 1-866-680-4LAW or fill out our online form located at the top of this page and one of our Orlando fleeing and eluding defense attorneys will contact you shortly. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. We value your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.
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