Galveston Evading Arrest Defense Attorney
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An arrest can be a scary, confusing, and frustrating situation, especially if it is your first time. Although you are required to follow the arresting officer’s orders, it is also human nature to either fight or flight when confronted by law enforcement officials, which is why is it not uncommon for a person to run away from the police.
If you have inadvertently evaded law enforcement officials in Galveston, Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC is committed to fighting for you throughout the criminal justice process. With more than six decades of combined experience, our legal team has won thousands of cases and helped our clients obtain the best possible outcomes in their cases. Do not hesitate to let us review your case and figure out all your available legal options to either get your case dismissed or your charges and penalties reduced.
Texas Evading Arrest Laws & Penalties
According to state law, an individual commits the crime of evading arrest or detention by intentionally fleeing from a law enforcement official who is attempting to lawfully arrest or detain him/her. In order to convict someone of this crime, the prosecutor must prove the defendant intentionally committed the act, the defendant fled, the defendant knew he/she was felling from the police, and the officer was attempting to arrest or detain the defendant in a lawful manner.
The following are the four types of evading arrest crimes in Texas:
- Evading arrest on foot – If a person flees law enforcement officials on foot, it is considered a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum one-year jail term and a fine not exceeding $4,000.
- Evading arrest on foot with a prior conviction – If a person has been convicted of a previous evading arrest offense, the subsequent crime is a state jail felony, which carries a state jail sentence of up to two years and a fine no more than $10,000.
- Evading arrest in a vehicle – Whether the vehicle is a car, truck, or boat, evading the police in a vehicle is a state jail felony.
- Evading arrest in a vehicle with a prior conviction – A subsequent evading arrest in a vehicle offense is a third-degree felony, punishable by a maximum 10-year prison term and a fine of up to $10,000.
If evading an officer on foot or in a vehicle involves the use of a tire deflation device or a serious bodily injury to another individual, it will be charged as a third-degree felony. If the use of a tire deflation device results in a serious injury or another person died as a result of evading arrest, it is a second-degree felony, which carries a prison term of up to 20 years and a maximum $10,000 fine.
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Our Galveston evading arrest lawyer can investigate your arrest, collect evidence, and determine whether the police violated your constitutional rights and made an unlawful arrest, you were protecting yourself, or you weren’t aware the person was a police officer. We are dedicated to protecting your rights, reputation, and freedom throughout the legal process.
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