Evading a Police Officer in Los Angeles
Were you charged with evading a police officer?
The act of willfully or purposefully evading a police officer is a serious violation of California Vehicle Code 2800.1, which is considered a specific intent crime. If charged with this offense, prosecutors have to prove that you had the actual intent to elude or lose the police officer pursuing you. If they cannot prove it sufficiently , you can't be convicted. It must be established that the police vehicle in pursuit was distinctively marked or that the officer was in full uniform and that sirens were sounded as reasonably necessary. The officer's vehicle must exhibit at least one red light to indicate the demand to arrest. These factors can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of the case.
At Stephen G. Rodriguez and Associates, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney is ready to take on your case and will insure that every element that can be factored into disputing the charge is considered. Our firm is reputed for focusing solely on criminal defense charges. Our 70 years of combined experience makes us undeniably suited for any criminal defense case.
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To be charged with evading a police officer is specific to this intent crime. If an individual is unknowingly evading arrest because of the effects of alcohol or drugs, hearing or vision problems, or other reasons, charges for this particular crime will be dropped . You may then be charged with driving under the influence ( DUI) or get your driver's license revoked if you do not fit the physical requirements for driving. If convicted you could face the following penalties:
- Suspension of driver's license
- Community service
- County jail sentence
If you were driving recklessly and were considered a public danger, you could be charged with CVC 2800.2. If evading a police officer while driving caused bodily injuries to others or wrongful death, you will be in violation of CVC 2800.3, and can be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
It is imperative you contact our firm immediately to diminish possible repercussions of such a charge and avoid penalties. We will strive to achieve the best possible outcome and fight for your rights.
Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer if you were charged with evading a police officer.