Palm Beach and Broward County Attorneys for Fleeing to Elude Charges
If a police officer is pursuing a suspect, Florida law requires that the person stop. If he or she does not, the law makes it a serious crime. Fleeing to elude a law enforcement office is a felony offense, and can result in time in prison and heavy fines, even if the suspect is not convicted or even charged with the offense for which police were pursuing him or her.
If you are charged with Fleeing to Elude or another serious traffic crime in Palm Beach County or Broward County, then contact the attorneys at . Call us at (561) 515-5834 to discuss your case and how we can fight these serious charges.
With offices in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, we represent clients on serious traffic offenses, like fleeing to elude, throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties, including Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, Boynton Beach and Hollywood.
The penalties for fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer depend on the way the offense is charged.
Florida law provides for a number of different types of fleeing to elude crimes in Florida. The different versions of the crime depend on the way it occurred, and whether certain aggravated factors were proven.
§ 316.1935(1), Fla. Stat., sets out the elements of fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer. Those elements require the prosecutor with the State Attorney's office to prove beyond a reasonable doubt of the following:
§ 316.1935(2), Fla. Stat., sets out the following elements focused on the vehicle having proper insignia with sirens and lights activated.
Other versions of the offense include:
Section 316.1935(5), Fla. Stat., provides that a conviction comes with a court ordered driver's license revocation for one to five years.
Option #1 - Apply to the Bureau of Administrative Review (BAR) office for early reinstatement with a hardship license. If you are eligible, you can request a hearing for a hardship license. If the hearing officer approves your application for a hardship license with a specific restriction. After your application for a hardship license is approved, then the hearing officer will indicate on your driving record that you have been authorized to obtain a hardship license and the specific type of restriction that must be added. Then the driver pays a reinstatement fee.
Option #2 - The driver can wait out the revocation period. Once the revocation period has expired, the driver will pay a reinstatement fee.
The only way to avoid this court ordered revocation is to avoid the conviction by successfully fighting the charges. Unfortunately, under Florida law, there is NO WAY to obtain a withhold of adjudication upon a plea and/or a finding of guilty by a judge or jury. The only way to avoid being a convicted felon is to beat the charge! This is why hiring a lawyer at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is vital in the defense of these allegations.
If you were charged with the serious felony offense of fleeing to elude then contact an experienced attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. We represent clients on these charges and other types of criminal traffic offenses such as driving under the influence, racing, and driving while license suspended or revoked. Call us to learn how we aggressively fight criminal charges.
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