Fleeing and Eluding in Maryland: Understanding the Offense and Building a Strong Defense
Imagine driving home late at night, seeing flashing lights in your rearview mirror, but not feeling safe to immediately pull over. Before you know it, you could be facing a serious charge: fleeing and eluding.
In Maryland, this offense isn't taken lightly, and the potential repercussions can be severe. However, with the right legal representation, it's possible to challenge the charge and protect your rights. This page delves into what "fleeing and eluding" means in Maryland, its consequences, and how a seasoned attorney can be your best ally.
Understanding the Crime of Fleeing and Eluding
What Does It Mean to Flee and Elude?
In Maryland, the act of fleeing and eluding involves either intentionally avoiding a police officer who is signaling you to stop - typically using their vehicle's lights or siren or fleeing and eluding an officer giving a visual or audible command to stop.
It's not as simple as just speeding away; sometimes, even not pulling over promptly due to confusion or fear can lead to this charge.
Degrees of the Charge
Just like many other offenses, fleeing and eluding can vary in severity. Maryland law classifies it into different degrees based on circumstances like causing bodily injury or during the act. There are also enhancements if a person is fleeing a crime of violence arrest, for which they are later convicted.
A flee and elude conviction also carries twelve points on a person's driving record, which can result in driver's license suspension
Facing the Consequences
A fleeing and eluding charge isn't just about a one-time penalty. It's a stain on your record, potentially leading to:
Legal Penalties: These can range from hefty fines to imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offense.
License Suspension: Maryland's MVA can suspend your driving privileges, making daily life challenging.
Personal and Professional Repercussions: A conviction can harm job prospects, relationships, and your standing in the community.
Building a Robust Defense: The FrizWoods Difference
Expertise in Challenging Evidence
Any legal charge is as strong as the evidence supporting it. An attorney from FrizWoods will meticulously review all evidence, from police reports to camera footage. Let's consider a hypothetical situation:
Tom is charged with fleeing and eluding after he failed to stop for almost a mile. He claims he didn't notice the police car as it was un marked and wasn't using flashing lights. Our attorneys request and review cruiser camera showing the Police Officer failed to utilize flashing lights, creating doubt in the prosecution's narrative.
Questioning the Traffic Stop
Was there genuine reason for the police to stop you? Absent an underlying traffic violation or equipment issue - there may be no basis for the stop in the first place.
Frequently Asked Questions in Flee and Elude Cases:
Can you beat a flee and elude charge?
Yes - you can beat a flee and elude charge in Maryland. This can be done at trial before a Judge or a Jury.
Can you film police in Maryland?
Yes; however, Maryland is a two party consent State. A person is always best served informing another party that they are recording them in Maryland to ensure that there's no argument when it comes time to use it at trial.
What is eluding crime?
Eluding crime is a crime of evasion. The general criminal offense is trying to get away from an officer of the law.
What is fleeing to elude mean?
Fleeing to elude basically means trying to get away. If a person is fleeing they are running or driving away. Eluding is another way to say escaping.
Can you refuse to show ID to police in Maryland?
Yes you can refuse to show ID.Iif an Officer has a reason to identify you like confirming a driver's license or reasonable suspicion of a crime - then you may be detained to be identified.
Why FrizWoods LLC is Your Ideal Choice
- Experience: With numerous successful defenses against fleeing and eluding charges, we're adept at navigating Maryland's legal intricacies.
- Client Testimonials: Don't just take our word for it. Visit our reviews page to hear firsthand experiences of those we've represented.
- Tailored Defense Strategies: No two cases are identical. We craft bespoke defense strategies, focusing on the unique aspects of your situation.
Facing a fleeing and eluding charge can be overwhelming. However, remember that a charge isn't a conviction. With proactive steps and the right legal counsel, it's possible to mount a formidable defense.
Ready to Defend Your Rights?
If you or a loved one face a fleeing and eluding charge in Maryland, wait no longer. Your future and freedom deserve the best defense. Contact FrizWoods LLC today and let us be the shield against your legal predicaments.