Fleeing and Eluding is one of the more serious criminal traffic offenses one may be charged with here in the State of Florida. The Central Florida criminal traffic defense attorneys at Dicembre & Nace strongly suggest that if you or a loved one had been arrested or charged with Fleeing and Eluding in Orange County, Lake County, Seminole County, Osceola County, Brevard County or Volusia County that you contact a Central Florida criminal traffic defense lawyer as soon as possible to discuss that facts of your case and any potential defenses you may have.
Today, all Fleeing and Eluding offenses are felony level offense. There is no misdemeanor or lesser offense for Fleeing and Eluding. This means that any conviction for Fleeing and Eluding will result in you becoming a convicted felon, which is a designation that can have significant and lifelong consequences.
The criminal traffic offense of Fleeing and Eluding occurs when a person refuses to immediately pull over and stop his or her vehicle when ordered to by a recognizable police or law enforcement officer. As noted above, all Fleeing and Eluding offenses are felony offenses, however, the degree of felony depends on the particular facts and circumstances of the individual cases. For example, a driver who fails to stop for a law enforcement officer that is signaling for him or her to pull over to the side of the road, who then drives off and attempts to get away from the officer, may face third degree felony charges and the potential of facing up to 5 years in prison along with a fine of up to $5,000. Speeding or driving recklessly when fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Eluding a law enforcement officer and causing serious injury or death to another person in the commission of the offense is a first degree felony, a crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. In addition to these maximum penalties, the criminal traffic offense of Fleeing and Eluding also requires the driver's license to be suspended and, in certain cases, the imposition of a minimum sentence of 3 years in prison.
As you can see, the criminal offense of Fleeing and Eluding is one that the prosecutors and judges take seriously. Given the impact on your license and the possibility of a prison sentence, you should too. If you or a loved one has been charged with Fleeing and Eluding in Orlando or anywhere throughout Central Florida, call the Central Florida Traffic Defense Attorneys at Dicembre & Nace, an Orlando Criminal Defense Law Firm, today at (407 )649-1999 and let us help.