Mount Holly NJ Eluding Lawyers
Attorneys for Eluding Charges in Burlington County, New Jersey
Being arrested for eluding is a precarious situation in New Jersey, as the consequences of a conviction are severe. A person may be charged with eluding if they are driving a vehicle, an officer signals them to stop, and they knowingly attempt to flee or elude the police or law enforcement officer. While typical eluding offenses are classified as third degree crimes in New Jersey, they can be elevated to second degree crimes if the offense creates a risk of death or injury to another person. It is important to note that the risk of injury can be to the officer attempting to conduct the motor vehicle stop and does not necessarily apply to any other drivers on the roadway. With a potential prison sentence ranging from 3 to 10 years depending on the degree of your charges, it is absolutely vital to have an aggressive defense strategy when you or someone you love is facing eluding charges. At The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison, we fight tirelessly on behalf of clients in Pemberton, Gloucester, Evesham Township, Medford, Moorestown, and throughout Burlington County and New Jersey. Our firm’s founder has been successfully defending clients for over 20 years and he brings all of his knowledge and experience to each case. If you have been charged with eluding an officer in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, contact our offices in Collingswood today at 856-427-6888 for a free consultation.
Eluding Lawyer in Mount Laurel NJ
The crime of Eluding an Officer is outlined in section N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2(b) of the New Jersey Criminal Code, which provides:
b. Any person, while operating a motor vehicle on any street or highway in this State or any vessel, as defined pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1995, c.401 (C.12:7-71), on the waters of this State, who knowingly flees or attempts to elude any police or law enforcement officer after having received any signal from such officer to bring the vehicle or vessel to a full stop commits a crime of the third degree; except that, a person is guilty of a crime of the second degree if the flight or attempt to elude creates a risk of death or injury to any person. For purposes of this subsection, there shall be a permissive inference that the flight or attempt to elude creates a risk of death or injury to any person if the person’s conduct involves a violation of chapter 4 of Title 39 or chapter 7 of Title 12 of the Revised Statutes. In addition to the penalty prescribed under this subsection or any other section of law, the court shall order the suspension of that person’s driver’s license, or privilege to operate a vessel, whichever is appropriate, for a period of not less than six months or more than two years.
Third Degree Eluding Charges & Penalties
A typical charge for eluding is a third degree crime. Third degree crimes in New Jersey are indictable offenses punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 3 to 5 years. Eluding offenses also carry a mandatory driver’s license suspension ranging for 6 months to 2 years. Notably, third degree crimes entail a presumption of non-incarceration. This means that if you have no prior criminal record, you may be considered a good candidate for probation or a diversionary program like Pretrial Intervention (PTI).
Second Degree Eluding Charges & Penalties
If you are charged with a second degree crime for eluding, this is an even more serious situation. Eluding becomes a second degree crime when the alleged offense creates a risk of injury or death to another person, whether this is the officer pursuing you or another driver on the road. You can see if the statute above that by committing a traffic violation such as reckless driving or driving while intoxicated (DWI), you are presumed to have created the risk necessary to warrant a second degree eluding charge. In addition to the license suspension for 6 months to 2 years, a conviction for second degree eluding exposes you to between 5 and 10 years in NJ State Prison. Also, second degree crimes entail a presumption of incarceration, which means the State will seek jail time.
Experienced Evesham NJ Eluding Defense Attorney
The first thing to do when facing an eluding charge in New Jersey is to thoroughly understand these charges, your exposure to penalties, and the various defenses that can be used to beat the charges in court. Attorney Leonard Biddison and his criminal defense team are prepared to answer all of your questions in a free consultation. Simply contact us online or call 856-427-6888 for more information. With offices in Collingswood, we appear in courts in Camden County, Gloucester County, Atlantic County, and Burlington County on a regular basis. Our number one priority is developing the best defense for your case.