Evading Police Walnut Creek CA
Evading the police can be a misdemeanor or a felony. This crime is committed by willfully fleeing or eluding a police officer who is trying to stop you. The police officer must be using at least one visible red lamp that you could see or reasonably should have seen, sounding a siren as reasonably necessary, and the car must be distinctively marked. This crime can also be committed if a police officer is on a bicycle and trying to stop you. In that case the bicycle must be distinctively marked, the officer must be wearing a distinctive uniform, the officer must give a verbal command to stop, the officer must sound a horn, the officer must give a hand signal to stop, and you must be aware or reasonably should be aware of the command, horn, and signal.
Thomas Daly has represented many clients charged with evading in the past, often in conjunction with other charges such as DUI or driving on a suspended license. There are ways to negotiate this charge down to a lesser crime or an infraction. There are often ways to seek dismissal of this charge, especially if there are other charges too. There are also defenses to this crime – the best defenses are generally found when the District Attorney can’t prove something essential to the case and an acquittal is required by law. For a free consultation and discussion about your case call (925) 338-7517