PITTSBURGH FLEEING-AND-ELUDING DEFENSE ATTORNEY

 

HOW IS FLEEING AND ELUDING DEFINED IN PENNSYLVANIA?

Section 3733 of the Vehicle Code provides when a motorist “willfully fails or refuses” to stop their vehicle, or “otherwise flees or attempts to elude a pursuing police officer,” when given a visual and audible signal to stop, that motorist commits the crime of fleeing and eluding.

 

HOW SERIOUS IS FLEEING AND ELUDING ?

Generally, the crime of fleeing and eluding is a second-degree misdemeanor, but it is graded as a third-degree felony when any one of these circumstances is present:

  • The motorist is DUI at the time of the offense
  • The motorist crosses a state line
  • The motorist endangers a law enforcement officer or member of the general public due to engaging in a high-speed chase.

 

If you or a loved one is charged with fleeing and eluding, call Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney, Ryan H. James, who has tried and argued these cases with successful results.  Attorney James can be personally reached at 412-977-1827, or by e-mail at ryan@rhjameslaw.com