Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer: Evading Arrest
Were you charged with evading arrest?
Evading arrest is a serious and punishable crime that violates California Vehicle Code 2800.1. The state of California defines evading arrest as the act of attempting or actively running away from a police officer that has made clear his or her intentions to arrest you. Whether the individual is fleeing by foot or by car, it is unlawful to evade a police officer's right to arrest. Although law enforcement officers may believe that an individual is evading arrest, it may not be the intention of the individual in question. Many factors can influence the outcome of such a charge. Was the police officer in full uniform at the time of the arrest? Were there language barriers that made the arrest attempt unclear? In the case of a car chase, was the individual not aware that police vehicles were trying to pull the individual over? Were the visual or audible signals coming from the police vehicles not understood by the person being pursued?
Only an experienced team of lawyers can provide you with solid defense strategies by analyzing every factor that came into play at the time of the arrest. A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Associates will be able to give you legal support and in depth understanding of the charges you are facing. We have helped our clients fight arrest evasion charges and every other type of criminal defense charge. Our years of experience exclusively dealing with criminal defense cases and our reputation for top negotiation skills will help protect your rights.
Evading Arrest Charges
The gravity of the evading arrest charge can also depend on other aspects. If the individual is driving recklessly while fleeing a police officer, and while doing so, shows disregard for the safety of others and property, the individual can be charged with a violation of California Vehicle Code 2800.2. It could be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on how dangerous the actions of the driver were. If convicted, you could face the following penalties:
- Suspension of driver's license
- Jail time up to 3 years
- Reimbursement for property damage
To be charged with defying police authorities is not taken lightly by the authorities . Our law firm will be on your side and will pursue any avenue for the defense that could lead to an advantage for you, both in and out of court.
Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney if you were charged with evading arrest.