What You Need to Know About Fleeing or Eluding a Police Officer
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer (625 ILCS 5/11-204) and
Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer (625 ILCS 5/11-204.1)
If you have been arrested for or charged with fleeing and eluding or aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, you will need legal representation. Fleeing and eluding a peace officer is a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 365 days in the county jail and/or up to a fine of $2,500. A conviction will also result in the suspension of your driving privileges by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.
Aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by 1 to 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $25,000. A second conviction for Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a Peace Officer is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by 2 to 5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $25,000. A conviction for aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer will result in the mandatory revocation of your driving privileges by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. Finally, a conviction for this offense can result in the forfeiture of the vehicle being driven at the time of the offense to the State.
Often, a police officer may charge a person with fleeing and eluding a peace officer if they believe you did not pull over fast enough of they turned on their flashing lights or sirens. They may also allege that you accelerated or attempted to make quick turns onto adjoining streets in an attempt to evade their attempt to pull over your vehicle.
If a police officer has only written you a ticket for fleeing and eluding, it is only misdemeanor, even if the officer notes on the ticket that the fleeing and eluding was “aggravated”. By law, a felony offense cannot be charged with only the issuance of a uniform traffic ticket. This does not, however, mean that the State’s Attorney can not elevate the charge to a felony at a later time, especially if they believe that there is evidence that you:
1. Fled at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour;
2. Caused injury to another person;
3. Caused property damage in the amount of $300 or greater;
4. Ran at least 2 stop signs, stop lights or other traffic control devices;
5. Were concealing your license plate; or
6. Have two or more previous convictions for fleeing and eluding a peace officer.
Fleeing and eluding and aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer are two of the most serious and potentially damaging traffic offenses you can ever face. Police and prosecutors are especially aggressive in their pursuit of convictions for people they believe are guilty of these offenses because of the danger running from the police poses to other motorists and pedestrians on the roadway. If you have been charged with either of these offenses, contact the attorneys at Hall, Rustom, & Fritz for a consultation on your case.
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If you are charged with Fleeing and Eluding a Peace Officer or Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a Peace Officer, it is essential for you to contact an experienced traffic attorney to represent you. Attorney Jeff Hall is a former chief traffic prosecutor in Central Illinois and he can assist you. We’re here to help you in your time of need. Contact us today and schedule a free case evaluation. You will receive experienced, hard-working, no-nonsense, affordable Peoria area traffic & criminal lawyers for your case.