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Harrisburg Criminal Defense - (Almost) Gone in 60 Seconds

A Millersburg man was arrested after allegedly leading police on a high speed chase reaching speeds of more than 80 mph through Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  The man was placed in Dauphin County Prison on charges of Fleeding and Eluding, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Resisting Arrest and other charges.  Facing significant criminal accusations, an experienced Harrisburg Criminal Defense Lawyer can help identify legal issues or defenses, define personal goals for the outcome of the case, and develop practical strategies to achieve them.

Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police

Definition

Under Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle law, a person could be charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police if the driver willfully fails or refuses to stop a vehicle while being pursued by police using visual and audio signals to stop.

Grading and Penalties

Generally, a person accused of Fleeing and Eluding will be charged with a Misdemeanor of the Second Degree (M2) and will face a maximum penalty of up to 2 years and a $5,000.00 fine.

However, a person could be charged with a Felony of the Third Degree (F3) if:  1) Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs; 2) crosses states lines; or, 3) engages in a high speed chase endangering police or the public.  A driver charged with Felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police will face a maximum penalty of up to 7 years and a $15,000.00 fine.

Statutory Defenses

It is a defense to Fleeing and Eluding Police if:  1) the driver was pursued by an unmarked car that was not clearly identifiable; or, 2) the driver can show that he/she did not stop based upon a good faith concern for personal safety to be determined based upon specifically enumerated factors.

Recklessly Endangering Another Person

Definition

Under PA Crimes Code law, a person can be charged with the offense of Recklessly Endangering Another Person if he/she recklessly engages in conduct that places or may place another person in danger of death or seriously bodily injury.  Additionally, a person acts "recklessly" if he/she consciously disregards a substantial and unjustiable risk.

Grading and Penalties

A person accused of Recklessly Endangering Another Person will be charged with a Misdemeanor of the Second Degree (M2) and, upon conviction, will face a maximum penalty of up to 2 years and a $5,000.00 fine.

Resisting Arrest 

Definition

Under PA Crimes Code law, a person can be charged with the criminal offense of Restisting Arrest if, with the intent of preventing a public servant from effecting an arrest or official duty, the person creates a substantial risk of bodily injury or employs means requiring the use of substantial force.

Grading and Penalties

A person charged with Resisting Arrest will face a Misdemeanor of the Second Degree and a maximum penalty of up to 2 years and a fine of $5,000.00.

Aggressive & Passionate Criminal Defense Can Help

When you have been accused of committing a crime against the police, you need a Harrisburg Criminal Defense Attorney to zealously defend and protect your rights, your freedom, and your life. 

Don't roll the dice on future.  Get counsel with proven results in your corner.

If you or someone you care about has been charged with a crime, contact us today.

 

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