Seeing the red and blue lights of a police vehicle behind you could be
anxiety-inducing. Receiving a citation could mean paying a hefty fine,
having a point placed on your license, or any number of negative consequences.
Paralyzed by the fear of a run-in with the law, you may not know what
to do. Alternatively, you might not think you did anything wrong, and
believe the cop may not be trying to pull you over. In either case, instead
of stopping for the officer, you keep driving. However, doing so could
result in a charge for fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.
In August of 2019, an officer attempted to pull over a Florida woman because
of a broken taillight. Instead of stopping, she kept driving until she
arrived home. She told the officer that she didn’t realize she was
Faulty Equipment Ticket
Had the driver pulled over, she would have been issued a citation for the
broken taillight. Generally, this type of
driving offense can be taken care of by fixing the equipment and presenting the vehicle
to a local law enforcement agency within 30 days of the ticket being issued.
Unfortunately, because the driver did not hear the sirens and thought the
flashing lights were meant for another motorist, she is facing charges
for fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.
Evading an Officer
According to Florida Statute 316.1935, a person commits this offense when
they do not stop for an officer and they know they are being ordered to
do so. Pulling over for the cop but then willfully driving away without
the stop being completed is also criminalized under this law.
Fleeing or attempting to elude an officer is a third-degree
Punishments for a conviction could include:
- Imprisonment for up to 5 years
- A fine of up to $5,000
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