Flee to Elude Law Enforcement Officer

Although we know better, when a law enforcement officer activates his emergency lights or sirens, some people just panic. As they are looking for a safe place to pull over they might go too far. Other people just decide to flee in an attempt to elude the officer attempting the traffic stop.

Although Florida law used to provide for a misdemeanor version of the offense, now these crimes are prosecuted as a felony.

Attorney for Fleeing to Elude in West Palm Beach, FL

If you were charged with fleeing with an attempt to elude a law enforcement officer under Florida Statute Section 316.1935, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in West Palm Beach, FL. Call the firm to discuss the fact of your case, the pending charges against you, ways to avoid the typical penalties, and the most effective ways to fight for an outright dismissal of all criminal charges.

Call (561) 283-3259 today to discuss your case with an experienced traffic crimes attorney in West Palm Beach, FL.

Florida Statute 316.1935 for Fleeing to Elude

Under s. 316.1935, F.S., any person who: 

  • In the course of unlawfully leaving or attempting to leave the scene of a crash in violation of ss. 316.027 and 316.062, F.S.;
  • Having knowledge of an order to stop by a law enforcement officer;
  • Willfully refuses or fails to stop or, having stopped in knowing compliance, willfully flees in an attempt to elude the officer; and
  • As a result of such fleeing or eluding:
    • Causes injury to another person or damage to another’s property commits aggravated fleeing or eluding, a second-degree felony, punishable by a term of imprisonment up to 15 years,12 a possible additional fine up to $10,000,13 or imposition of an extended term of imprisonment under certain circumstances for certain offenders; or
    • Causes serious bodily injury or death to another person, including any law enforcement officer involved in attempting to stop the person’s vehicle, commits aggravated fleeing or eluding with serious bodily injury or death, a first-degree felony, punishable by a term of imprisonment up to 30 years,15 a possible additional fine up to $10,000,16 or imposition of an extended term of imprisonment under certain circumstances for certain offenders.

In both cases, a person may also be charged with the offenses under ss. 316.027 and 316.062, F.S., relating to unlawfully leaving the scene of a crash. A court is required to sentence any person convicted of committing aggravated fleeing or eluding with serious bodily injury or death to a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years imprisonment.

This article was last updated on Friday, May 19, 2017.

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