Fleeing to Elude in Florida

Fleeing to Elude in Florida

Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer in Florida

In Florida, it is a crime to flee in a motor vehicle from a police officer.  The severity of the offense depends on the facts of the case.

Florida Law includes four levels of the offense of Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer.

  1. Fleeing to Eludea Law Enforcement Officer

To convict an accused Fleeing to Eludea Law Enforcement Officer, the prosecutor must prove:

  1. The accused was operating a vehicle upon a street or highway in Florida.
  2. A law enforcement officer ordered the accused to stop or remain stopped.
  3. The accused, knowing that he had been ordered to stop:
  4. Willfully refused or failed to stop the vehicle in compliance with the order; or
  5. Having stopped the vehicle, the accused then willfully fled in a vehicle in an attempt to elude the officer.

In Florida, Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum of:

5 years of imprisonment
A $5,000.00 fine
5 years of probation
Mandatory Adjudication of Guilt
Mandatory 1 to 5-year revocation of the convicted person’s driving license

  1. Aggravated Fleeing to Eludea Law Enforcement Officer(Lights and Siren Activated)

To convict an accused of Aggravated Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer (Lights and Siren Activated), the prosecutor must prove:

  1. The accused was operating a vehicle upon a street or highway in Florida.
  2. The accused, knowing he had been directed to stop by a duly authorized law enforcement officer, willfully fled in a vehicle in an attempt to elude a law enforcement officer.
  3. The law enforcement officer was in an authorized law enforcement patrol vehicle with agency insignia and other jurisdictional markings prominently displayed on the vehicle and with siren and lights activated.

In Florida, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer (Lights and Siren Activated) is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum of:

5 years of imprisonment
A $5,000.00 fine
5 years of probation
Mandatory Adjudication of Guilt
Mandatory 1 to 5 year revocation of the convicted person’s driving license

  1. Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer(Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving)

To convict an accused of Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer (Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving), the prosecutor must prove:

  1. The accused was operating a vehicle upon a street or highway in Florida.
  2. The accused, knowing he had been directed to stop by a duly authorized law enforcement officer, willfully fled in a vehicle in an attempt to elude a law enforcement officer.
  3. The law enforcement officer was in an authorized law enforcement patrol vehicle with agency insignia and other jurisdictional markings prominently displayed on the vehicle and with siren and lights activated.
  4. During the course of the fleeing or the attempting to elude, the accused drove at high speed or in any manner demonstrating a wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.

In Florida, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer (Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving) is a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum of:

15 years of imprisonment
A $10,000.00 fine
15 years of probation
Mandatory Adjudication of Guilt
Mandatory 1 to 5-year revocation of the convicted person’s driving license

  1. Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer (Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death)

To convict an accused of Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer (Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death), the prosecutor must prove:

  1. The accused was operating a vehicle upon a street or highway in Florida.
  2. The accused, knowing he had been directed to stop by a duly authorized law enforcement officer, willfully fled in a vehicle in an attempt to elude a law enforcement officer.
  3. The law enforcement officer was in an authorized law enforcement patrol vehicle with agency insignia and other jurisdictional markings prominently displayed on the vehicle and with siren and lights activated.
  4. During the course of the fleeing or the attempting to elude, the accused drove at high speed or in any manner demonstrating a wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
  5. As a result of the fleeing or eluding at high speed or wanton disregard for safety, the accused caused the death of or the serious bodily injury to another person or a law enforcement officer involved in pursuing or otherwise attempting to stop his vehicle.

In Florida, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer(Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death) is a first-degree felony punishable by a maximum of:

30 years of imprisonment
A $10,000.00 fine
30 years of probation
Mandatory Adjudication of Guilt
Mandatory 1 to 5-year revocation of the convicted person’s driving license

Are you looking for the best criminal defense lawyer in Tampa Florida to represent you in a Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer charge?

Tampa Attorney David C. Hardy is a former prosecutor that now represents persons accused of Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer.  He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as an Expert in Criminal Trial Law. As a prosecutor and defense attorney, he has extensive experience handling Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officercharges.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer in Hillsborough County Florida, Pinellas County Florida, or Pasco County Florida, Attorney David C. Hardy has the knowledge, skills, and experience to guide you through this process and obtain the best possible results.