Virginia law states that drivers who willfully elude police or disregard a law enforcement officer's signal to stop their motor vehicles are guilty of a crime. In some cases, a driver deliberately fails to stop, but it is more common for a driver to be unaware that law enforcement is actually signaling him or her to pull over. In other cases, a driver may believe he or she is being pursued by someone other than a law enforcement officer.
When eluding an officer endangers officers or involves reckless driving, the fleeing driver can be convicted of a felony. Most eluding charges are felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison. An eluding conviction can lead to the loss of driving privileges, loss of voting privileges, loss of the right to own weapons, and jail time.
If you have been charged with eluding police or another serious traffic violation like reckless driving or hit-and-run, having an experienced traffic defense lawyer on your side can make an enormous difference in the final result. Handling the matter on your own may prove to be problematic.
Aggressive Defense Against Misdemeanor and Felony Traffic Charges
At Nichols & Green PLLC, our attorneys will fight aggressively for your legal rights if you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge related to a traffic incident. Equipped with exceptional legal and forensic knowledge and emboldened by a long track record of successful defense in Fairfax County courts. We represent hundreds of drivers each year. We can help you if you have been accused of:
- Failing to stop or pull over
- Reckless driving by speed, a separate misdemeanor characterized by driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit while being pursued by a police officer, trooper or other law enforcement officer
- DUI, DWI or refusal
- Driving on a suspended license
- Eluding police
- Resisting arrest
Prince William County Resisting Arrest Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of fleeing police, charges are usually handled in the District Court. Contact the Prince William eluding police defense attorneys of Nichols & Green PLLC for a free consultation about your rights and options.