Lawyer for Fleeing or Eluding a Police Officer in Philadelphia
All it takes is one moment. Making one wrong decision, amongst a lifetime of choices to turn your world upside down. Fleeing or Eluding a Police Officer in Philadelphia can result in thousands of dollars of fines, a suspension of your driver's license, and years' imprisonment.
It is possible, though, that you did not realize the police were attempting to stop you. If you are going to fight these charges you will need the assistance of counsel. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you to better understand the nature of these charges and how to contest them in court when your future is in jeopardy.
How Do We Handle These Serious Charges?
First, we need to understand what exactly this offense entails. It may seem self-explanatory, but the burden remains with the state and they will have to prove the following:
• The driver willfully failed or refused to bring his vehicle to a stop or otherwise flees, or attempts to do so, a pursuing officer, AND
• When given a visual and audible signal fails to bring the vehicle to a stop.
• The signal may be by hand, voice, emergency lights, or siren.
It is important that you understand what the state must prove to make its case against you. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you to prepare defenses against the charges.
Generally speaking, this crime is classified in Philadelphia as a second degree misdemeanor; however, these charges may be elevated to the third degree based upon certain factors, including the offender:
• Endangering the public or police
• Being under the influence of alcohol
• Crossing state lines
If a second degree misdemeanor, an offender will be facing up to TWO YEARS in prison, $5,000 in fines, and a one year suspension of their driver's license.
If raised to that of a third degree misdemeanor, an offender will be facing as many as SEVEN YEARS in prison, $15,000 in fines, and a one year suspension of their driver's license.
With such significant penalties, you need to understand what is at stake and proceed accordingly. Contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. We will fight to protect your rights.
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