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Fleeing or Eluding

The laws regarding fleeing and eluding were put into place to punish individuals who attempt to escape from law enforcement. If a law enforcement officer attempts to conduct a traffic stop and you fail to comply, you can be charged with a felony offense. In order to avoid the penalties associated with this offense, it would be beneficial to consult with an experienced traffic crimes defense attorney.

Fleeing or Eluding Defense Attorney in Destin

Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a consultation about your allegations of fleeing or eluding law enforcement offense throughout the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Crestview, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola and Panama City.

The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are experienced defending individuals who have been accused of fleeing or eluding in Florida and will work around the clock to develop a strong defense. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation today at if you have been charged with attempting to flee in DeFuniak Springs or the surrounding areas.


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Fleeing or Eluding Law Enforcement in Florida

According to section 316.1935 of the Florida Statutes, it is illegal for the operator of a vehicle to intentionally refuse or fail to stop the vehicle after being ordered to do so by a law enforcement officer. Also, if an individual stops, and then flees, attempting to elude law enforcement, he or she can be charged with fleeing to elude law enforcement.

In Florida, this offense is normally considered a third-degree misdemeanor. However, it can be upgraded to aggravated fleeing or eluding, a second-degree felony, if offender drives at a high speed, or in a way that shows an intentional disregard for the safety of others or property, or causes injury to another or damage to the property of others.

If the offender causes seriously bodily injury or death to another, including a law enforcement officer involved in the pursuit, he or she can be charged with a first-degree felony.


Penalties for Fleeing or Eluding Law Enforcement in Destin

Individuals who are convicted of third-degree felonies face a potential of up to five years in prison, and/or up to $5,000 in fines. A second-degree felony is punishable by up to up to 15 years behind bars, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

A first-degree felony carries a potential prison sentence of up to 30 years, and/or up to up to $10,000 in fines. Furthermore, if an individual is convicted of any degree of fleeing or eluding law enforcement, the court will revoke his or her driver’s license for a minimum of one year and a maximum of five.


Aggressively Defending Clients like You

If you have been accused of fleeing or eluding law enforcement throughout the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Bay County, Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County and Escambia County, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today.

Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is an aggressive DeFuniak Springs criminal defense lawyer who will make every to fight the allegations against you and help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged offense. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your allegations of fleeing or eluding.