Illinois Fleeing and Eluding Attorneys
Stopping when a police officer signals you is the law in Illinois. If you fail to do so, it is called fleeing and eluding and is a serious criminal offense that can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. At the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio, we are experienced in handling all types of traffic-related offenses. We strive to minimize the consequences our clients face and protect your freedom and your driving record.
Fleeing and Eluding Charges in Illinois
The severity of the fleeing and eluding charge you face depends on your driving record and the circumstances of the incident. First time offenders are typically charged with a Class A misdemeanor. If in the process of fleeing, however, you commit additional moving violations such as speeding more than 20 mph over the limit, failing to obey a traffic signal, or reckless driving, you could be charged with a felony. Likewise, if you cause bodily injury or property damage of over $300, you could be charged with a felony.
The penalties for this offense, whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony, can include jail time and significant fines. Additionally, you could have your license suspended or revoked. You need to hire an attorney who is skilled in this area of the law and has the knowledge and experience to protect you from the harshest consequences.