Norcross Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Attorneys
Many people think that eluding police is a minor offense in Georgia, but it has serious consequences for those convicted.
A fleeing or attempting to elude charge is a crime that is typically related to another offense. Driving under the influence, speeding, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, lack of insurance, and aggressive driving are just a few of the offenses a person may face along with a fleeing or attempting to allude arrest. A fleeing or attempting to allude arrest is a serious offense in Georgia and anyone arrested for the crime will face serious consequences. Others may face these charges if they simply do not notice that law enforcement has attempted to pull them over, or because they simply act out of fear. Anyone facing charges of fleeing or attempting to allude should speak to a Georgia criminal defense lawyer for help with their case.
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Arrest in Georgia
Georgia law defines fleeing or attempting to allude a police office as failing to stop a vehicle or otherwise attempting to flee from a police officer when given a visible or audible sign to stop. The officer must use their hand, voice, emergency sirens, or lights when trying to pull the individual over. The officer making the signal must be in uniform, display a badge, and the vehicle must clearly show that it is an official law enforcement vehicle.
Penalties for a Fleeing or Attempting to Allude Arrest
In most cases, a fleeing or attempting to allude arrest will be charged as amisdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. Upon conviction, a person may face a fine between $500 and $5,000, and a jail sentence between 10 days and 12 months.
A second conviction within a 10-year period increases the fine to between $1,000 and $5,000 and a jail sentence between 30 days and 12 months. A third conviction in a 10-year period will result in a fine between $2,500 and $5,000 and a jail sentence between 90 days and 12 months.
There are instances that can upgrade the offense to a felony. These include when:
- The defendant operated their vehicle 20 miles per hour above the speed limit,
- The defendant hit another vehicle or pedestrian
- The defendant attempted to elude arrest in traffic conditions that placed others at risk
- The defendant left the state in an attempt to elude a police officer
- The defendant was impaired at the time
Individuals convicted of a felony offense face a maximum fine of $5,000, and between one and five years in prison, or both.
How Our Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help
Charges of fleeing or attempting to allude are serious, but not everyone charged is guilty. Many times, a driver simply did not hear or see the police officer pulling them over, or they simply acted out of fear. At Zimmerman & Associates, ourNorcross criminal defense lawyers will review your case and create a solid defense to give you the best chance of beating your charges or getting them reduced. If you have been charged, do not try to handle your case on your own. Call us today at (770) 350-0100 or contact us online to meet with one of our attorneys to review your case and discuss the options available to you.