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Man Fleeing Police Gets DUI After Crash

Car chases are often riveting to watch on TV. Men and women who flee the police automatically heighten their charges, and bring on extra years of potential punishment because of their choice. Regardless of what their original offense was, fleeing a police officer in a car can tack on up to five years in prison along with five years on probation and a $5,000 fine. The offense is normally considered a Third Degree Felony, and can come with a driver’s license suspension for up to five years. You are eligible for these sentences if you fled a police officer who had his or her lights and sirens activated. In fact, if you were purposefully running from an officer who made it blatant that you needed to stop your vehicle, the judge will tend to punish you on the higher level of charges.

If you fled the police with high speeds and reckless driving, then you can bring on a Second Degree Felony which can come with up to 15 years in prison and up to 15 years of probation. In addition you may be fined up to $10,000 and have your driver’s license suspended. You can receive a First Degree Felony for your offense if you hit or seriously injure someone in your attempt to elude a police officer. This is considered a Level 78 offense in the Florida Law Code, and you will have a minimum mandatory jail sentence of 3 years. You can end up with 30 years in prison, a 30 year probation period, and about $10,000 in fines, as well as driver’s license suspension.

That’s why a Clearwater resident who recently tried to escape the police in Florida needs superior representation in court. The man was chased by two police agencies and two K-9 Units after he slammed his Mercedes into some palm trees and signs in the area, causing thousands of dollars in damage. He left the scene, but was eventually apprehended and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene with property damage, DWSLR, and obstructing/resisting an Officer without violence. Talk to a DUI lawyer at our firm if you need representation in your DUI case and want defense for your crime and the others like eluding police officer which are connected to the night of your arrest.

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