If you run from the police, you may be facing a charge of "fleeing and eluding." In Florida, fleeing or attempting to flee a police officer is a felony — a serious charge that could affect you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with fleeing and eluding, you should contact an experienced attorney to protect you from consequences such as driver's license revocation and prison.
What Is Fleeing And Eluding?
Florida defines fleeing and eluding as operating a motor vehicle on a Florida roadway or highway and:
- Willfully refusing or failing to stop a vehicle having knowledge that you have been ordered to stop by a duly authorized law enforcement officer
- Purposely evading or attempting to flee a law enforcement officer in clearly marked patrol vehicle with siren and lights activated.
There are separate types of fleeing and eluding cases that are charged, based upon the specific situation:
- Fleeing and eluding a police officer when sirens and lights are activated
- Fleeing and eluding at a high rate of speed or driving recklessly when sirens and lights are activated
- Fleeing and eluding at a high rate of speed or driving recklessly and causing serious injury or death while sirens and lights are activated
The charge of fleeing and eluding may come down to the perception of the arresting police. To convict you, the prosecutor must show that you had knowledge that you had been ordered to stop by a law enforcement officer. The patrol car that pursued you must have agency insignia and other jurisdictional markings prominently displayed on the vehicle.
Florida Penalties For A Fleeing And Eluding Conviction
This crime is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. If you are convicted, the court will revoke your driver's license for a minimum of one year and as long as five years.
If you drive at high speed or in a manner that demonstrates a wanton disregard for the safety of people or property and then cause injury or death to another person, you can be charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding.
- Aggravated fleeing and eluding is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years of prison with a minimum mandatory sentence of three years. You can also be charged with this crime if you leave the scene of an accident causing serious injury or death having knowledge that you have been ordered to stop by a law enforcement officer.
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