California Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC makes it a crime to evade a police officer in a vehicle. Said differently, it makes it a crime for a person to use his vehicle to flee from a police officer while the police officer is pursuing a person using a vehicle or bike. If you have been charged with evading a police officer in your car, you should not take such a criminal charge lightly as a conviction for evading a police officer can result in imprisonment for up to one year in county jail, as well as payment of a fine of up to $1,000.
If you have been charged with evading a police officer in a vehicle, you should immediately contact an experienced evading police officer defense attorney at The H Law Group to defend you. We have defended countless clients over the years, so we have the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve the best possible results for you. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.
According to California Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC, “Any person who, while operating a motor vehicle and with the intent to evade, willfully flees or otherwise attempts to elude a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year if all of the following conditions exist:
(1) The peace officer’s motor vehicle is exhibiting at least one lighted red lamp visible from the front and the person either sees or reasonably should have seen the lamp.
(2) The peace officer’s motor vehicle is sounding a siren as may be reasonably necessary.
(3) The peace officer’s motor vehicle is distinctively marked.
(4) The peace officer’s motor vehicle is operated by a peace officer”
For the prosecution to convict a person of evading a police officer in a vehicle in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 2800.1 VC, the prosecution must prove a number of elements beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor fails to prove even one element, he will not be able to convict the defendant of this crime.
The prosecution must prove the following elements:
A person who is convicted of evading or attempting to flee from a police officer in his car faces the following potential penalties:
Note: The court is free to impose additional punishments as it sees fit. Every case is different, and so the consequences may differ.
If you have been charged with evading a police officer in your automobile in violation of Vehicle Code Section 2800.1, there are a number of defenses that your attorney can make to defend you and keep you from going to jail. Please note that the following list of defenses does not include all of the defenses that your attorney can make, but rather only some of the defenses that may be available to you.
Your attorney may use the following defenses:
No, it is unlikely that a person convicted of this crime will face negative because evading a police officer is not a crime that involves moral turpitude. Crimes involving moral turpitude are those that involve some sort of dishonest and deceit, evading a police officer does not fall within the category of crimes for which a person can be deported or marked as inadmissible to the United States.
Criminal expungement allows a person to have a conviction removed from their criminal record. Fortunately, you may be able to have a conviction expunged (removed) from your criminal record because the crime of evading a police officer falls within the category of crimes that can be expunged. That said, to have your conviction removed, you must have completed your sentence and completed all of the terms and conditions of your probation. Once completed, you can petition the court to have your conviction expunged from your criminal record.
If you or a loved one has been charged with evading a police officer in violation of VC 503, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at The H Law Group to defend you and keep you from going to jail. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.