Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer in Florida

When you have a criminal defense law firm in Florida, you come across the charge of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer often. This is a felony that can be punishable from 5 years to 30, depending on the level.

If you are driving a car and you know that you are being ordered to stop by a police officer and willfully refuse to stop, it is a third degree felony. Likewise, if you are fleeing a patrol car with the police agency insignia, siren, and lights activated, you are committing a third degree felony. Both of these crimes are punishable for up to 5 years in prison. If, in the process of fleeing, you drive at a high speed or drive with disregard for the safety of people or property, you are facing a second degree felony. This is punishable for up to 15 years in prison. If, in the process of fleeing, you cause serious bodily injury or death to another person, this is considered an aggravated fleeing and the crime is punishable for up to 30 years in prison because it is a first degree felony.