Fleeing or Eluding a Police Officer in Philadelphia
For some people, getting pulled over by a police officer can be an extremely stressful experience. You might see the flashing lights in your rear-view mirror and immediately start to panic. An innate feeling of fight or flight might overtake your brain due to a flood of emotions and fear. Before you can process your thoughts, you feel your foot pressing on the accelerator and you are fleeing the police officer. We see these cases all of the time, often with motorcyclists due to the fast speeds they can reach on their motorcycles in attempt to outrun the police.
It only take one moment. In a lifetime of choices, making a single wrong decision can turn your whole 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 of imprisonment.
However, there are defenses to this charge. It is possible, for example, that you did not realize the police were attempting to stop you. If you are going to fight these charges you will need a good lawyer on your side. 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.
How Do We Handle These Serious Charges?
First off, we need to understand what exactly this offense entails. It may seem self-explanatory, but the burden remains with the state 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 has to 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 Pennsylvania as a Second-Degree misdemeanor; however, these charges may be elevated to a Felony of the Third Degree based upon the presence of certain factors, including:
- Endangering the public or police
- Being under the influence of alcohol
- Crossing state lines
If the crime is graded as a Second-Degree Misdemeanor, an offender will be faced with up to two years in prison, $5,000 in fines, and a one year suspension of their driver’s license. If the grading of the crime is raised to the level of a Third-Degree Felony, on the other hand, 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. to set up a free consultation. We will fight to protect your rights.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.