When you see those flashing lights in your rear-view mirror, it’s time to pull over. Otherwise, you’ll land yourself in need of a criminal defense attorney in West Palm Beach. Read to learn more about the risk of eluding law enforcement.
What Does it Mean to Elude Law Enforcement?
There is not a single definition that covers “eluding law enforcement.” In fact, there are varying degrees. In the event of driving a vehicle, it is illegal to flee – or purposefully avoid – an officer, as stated by Florida Statue 316.1935. The penalties for this single charge also vary quite drastically. For example, your consequence can include seizing your vehicle and/or your driver’s license, or a second or third-degree felony with up to 30 years in prison.
What Must Be Proven
In order to be charged with fleeing and eluding, the state must be able to prove a few things beyond reasonable doubt. This includes that the defendant was, in fact, operating the vehicle, as well as that the officer’s intent to pull over was clear. Additionally, the state must prove that the defendant knew that they were meant to stop when the officer ordered.
Signs You Are Being Pulled Over
The signs that you are being pulled over are fairly obvious. First lights will begin to flash, and you will see them in your rearview mirror. If you fail to pull over, sirens will activate in addition to lights. If you ignore the signs, or if you pull over and then flee, you run the risk of being charged.
Are You in Need of a Criminal Defense Attorney in West Palm Beach?
You may not think your charge requires the help of a criminal defense attorney in West Palm Beach. But, it is better to be safe than sorry. So, contact us at the Law Offices of David. W. Olson to learn more about how we can assist you.