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According to Utah law, “A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor who flees from or otherwise attempts to elude a peace officer:
After the officer has issued a verbal or visual command to stop
For the purpose of avoiding arrest
By any means other than a violation of Section 41-6a-210 regarding failure to stop a vehicle at the command of a law enforcement officer.”
The criminal charge of fleeing a police officer is often added on to other criminal charges. There are different variations of fleeing and eluding but could be a driver who fails to immediately respond to a police officer’s signal to pull over or a person who runs from a house where the police have noticed suspicious activity. When charges like this can result in felony charges, it’s critical to have an experienced Utah defense lawyer on your side. Schatz, Anderson, & Associates can handle your case from start to finish to give you an ideal outcome.
The resulting criminal charges from fleeing a police officer vary from case to case. Depending on the circumstances, you can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony, as well as an automatic driver’s license revocation.
As stated above, fleeing and eluding is a class A misdemeanor. This is typically associated with fleeing on foot. Utah law states that a class A misdemeanor can result in up to one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.
Fleeing from police in a vehicle can result in either a second degree or third-degree felony charge. In Utah, a second-degree felony can come with one to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. A third-degree felony has the possibility of zero to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
Even if the charge seems ridiculous given the specific circumstances, a criminal charge of fleeing the police carries serious and immediate consequences. Following an arrest for failing to respond or fleeing the police in a vehicle, your driver’s license will be automatically revoked for a period of one year.
We provide an aggressive defense when combating a fleeing and eluding charge. Our attorneys are experienced in handling various criminal defense cases, including fleeing a police officer, so we know how to do everything we can to create a positive outcome for our clients. The number one goal of our team is to minimize the negative consequences of an arrest.
Schatz, Anderson & Associates is experienced in handling criminal defense matters for clients throughout Utah. With offices in Salt Lake City and St. George, we are able to serve a large majority of the state. Contact us today!
Note: We only handle Utah cases. If you have a case or charge in another state, please contact an attorney who is licensed to practice law in that state.