Richmond Attorney for Eluding the Police
Obtain Legal Representation from a Former Virginia Prosecutor
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, eluding police is a crime. Eluding means
fleeing or trying to get away from an officer. Once a law enforcement
officer signals you to stop either visibly using a hand motion or the
blue lights on his or her vehicle, or audibly via sirens or speaking,
you must stop.
How can a Richmond criminal defense lawyer make a difference?
Any attempt to escape or elude an officer — either in the vehicle,
on foot, or by any other means — is illegal. If found guilty, this
offense is a Class 2 misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 6 months
in jail and a fine not to exceed $1,000.00, either or both. You must take
action in order to protect your rights and justice for your case. Contact our
Richmond traffic ticket attorneys at Carlson & Collier to learn more.
Additional Charges & Penalties
If, while attempting to elude police, the person drives in a way that puts
law enforcement officers or others in danger, this becomes a Class 6 felony
if convicted. This offense is punishable by 1 to 5 years' incarceration
and a fine of up to $2,500.00, either or both. Should the law enforcement
officer die as a result of the reckless eluding, this now becomes a Class
4 felony, which is punishable by 2 to 10 years' imprisonment and a
fine to not exceed $100,000.00.
In addition, other charges may follow the eluding police charge such as
vehicular manslaughter if someone should die as a result of the chase.
Additional jail time and fines would be added if found guilty of this
additional offense or another. All of these penalties could serious impact
your life and your future. Read the Code of Virginia § 46.2-817,
§ 18.2-10, and § 18.2-11 to learn more.
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Besides the penalties listed above, remember that if convicted, your driver's
license will be suspended for anywhere between 30 days to one year.
This means that the penalties you face may include:
- Extensive jail / prison time
- Loss of driver's license
- Criminal record
You will need to hire an experienced
Richmond criminal defense lawyer if you wish to protect yourself and to protect your future. Nothing else
should take precedent over this priority. You simply have too much at stake.
Contact Carlson & Collier today for a
free case review over the phone.
With more than 75 Years' experience, we can help.