Sevierville Evading Arrest Attorneys

Evading a Police Officer

If you're facing a charge of evading arrest, chances are you're also facing additional charges. An evading arrest charge by itself can lead to painful consequences in the case of a conviction. If you are also found guilty of the other charges, you may face penalties that will make your life incredibly difficult down the line. However, with the assistance of the dependable Tennessee criminal defense legal team at Baker Associates, you will have a fighting chance at protecting your freedom and your future. Please contact us today. We hope you will find the information below useful in your time of need.

How is the Crime of Evading Arrest Defined?

Under T.C.A. § 39-16-603, you may be convicted of Class D felony evading arrest if the state prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that you:

  1. Were operating a motor vehicle on a street, road, alley, or highway in the state;
  2. Were given a signal from the law enforcement officer to bring the motor vehicle to a complete stop;
  3. Fled from or attempted to escape the law enforcement officer upon receiving the signal;
  4. Performed all these actions intentionally.

If you were using other means of locomotion besides a motor vehicle, you may face a lesser charge in the form of a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances.

Your evading arrest charge may be upgraded to a Class D felony if it is determined that your alleged actions put the lives of innocent bystanders or involved law enforcement officers at risk.

What are the Penalties?

If you are convicted of misdemeanor evading arrest, which is considered a Class A misdemeanor under Tennessee law, you may face some or all of the following penalties:

  1. Up to 11 months, 29 days in prison;
  2. Probation;
  3. A fine of up to $2,500;
  4. Additional court fees.

A Class E felony conviction may result in some or all of the following penalties:

  1. 1 to 6 years in prison;
  2. Probation;
  3. A fine up to $3,000;
  4. Additional court fees.

Finally, if you are found to have put the lives of others at risk during the pursuit, you will face a Class D felony conviction, which may result in some or all of the following penalties:

  1. 2 to 12 years in prison;
  2. Probation;
  3. A fine of up to $5,000;
  4. Additional court fees.

What Additional Consequences May I Face?

Even after you have fulfilled the terms of your sentence, you may face further difficulty outside of the legal system. An evading arrest conviction may result in the loss of educational and financial opportunities. You may find it hard to gain admission into a higher learning institution or a scholarship program. Prospective employers may reject you based on your criminal record. Unfortunately, a felony conviction may not be erased or expunged and will stick with you for the rest of your life.

What Should I Do?

Do not speak with anyone before consulting with an attorney from Baker Associates. Call us toll free at (866) 853-2888. In a free consultation, we will evaluate your case and your options. If we believe you have a fighting chance and you let us represent you, we will immediately set off to work and utilize the full scope of our knowledge and abilities in the criminal defense field to gain a positive outcome for your case, whether it's reduced penalties or dropped charges.

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Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

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Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

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Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

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