Eluding a Police Officer
Under the eluding statute,N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2, a person is guilty of eluding if, while operating a motor vehicle, they knowingly attempt to flee or elude a law enforcement officer after having received a signal from the officer to bring the vehicle to a stop. This is a third degree offense. However, the charge can become a second degree offense if the attempt to flee or elude creates a risk of death or serious injury to another person. A criminal conviction for eluding can include jail time and a drivers license suspension of six months to two years. An eluding charge in New Jersey is a serious criminal offense.
Second Degree & Third Degree Eluding
The distinction between a Third Degree Eluding Indictment and a Second Degree Eluding Indictment is a significant one. In this regard, a Third Degree Eluding Offense in New Jersey does not carry a presumption of incarceration whereas a Second Degree Eluding Offense carries a presumption of incarceration. It is therefore imperative that individuals Indicted for eluding retain a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who has experience in defending Eluding charges in New Jersey.
If you have been charged with eluding an officer, you can only make a well-informed decision about how to proceed after discussing your case with an attorney with the appropriate experience. If you would like to speak with a traffic lawyer from our firm, call 1-732-845-3203 or e-mail Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org set up a consultation.
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