OC Evading Law Enforcement Lawyer
If you were involved in a police pursuit that caused a death or serious injury in Southern California, you could face murder charges and be sent to prison for the rest of your life. This is why you need to call the experienced Orange County defense attorneys at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti at (714) 530-9690 right now!
This is a serious charge; however, interestingly enough, if you injure somebody during a police chase it's a "wobbler," which means it can be charged either as a misdemeanor or felony. This crime is almost always charged as a felony, which is why you need a professional criminal attorney by your side.
This is a serious charge that could lead to more serious charges such as murder, vehicular manslaughter, and assault with a deadly weapon. Our attorneys have more than a decade of experience dealing with police and have in-depth knowledge of California police procedure and practices. This has resulted in successfully winning cases for our clients accused of police pursuit related injuries and deaths.
Under California Vehicle Code 2800.3, the crime of evading an officer causing injury or death is when you lead police on a pursuit and do something that directly causes the injury or death of another person during the course of that police pursuit. Those injured or killed during a police pursuit must have been the result of "direct, natural, and probable consequence" of your actions. The injury must be classified as a serious bodily injury, or a serious impairment of a physical condition, and not merely cuts or bruises.
This crime is known as a "wobbler," meaning it can be charged either as a misdemeanor or felony.
Each charge has different penalties:
- Misdemeanor Evading a Police Officer Causing Injury - If convicted of injuring another person as a misdemeanor, you face up to a year in a county jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Felony Evading a Police Officer Causing Injury - If convicted of injuring another person as a felony you face between three to seven years in a state prison.
- Felony Evading a Police Officer Causing Death - If convicted of evading an officer and killing another person, you face between four to ten years in a state prison.
- Additional Penalties - Regardless of whether you are convicted on a felony or misdemeanor charge, if convicted you could have your vehicle impounded for 30 days, have your driver's license revoked for up to three years, and lose your right to own firearms.
- Commercial Drivers - If convicted, you could lose your commercial driver's license.
- Immigration Issues - This is considered a crime of moral turpitude, which could lead to deportation.
Our criminal defense lawyers at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti proudly have over a decade of successfully winning cases for our clients accused of police pursuit related injuries and deaths in the courts of Southern California. Contact an attorney as soon as possible and let us help you.
Whether you're facing a felony or a misdemeanor, don't risk a conviction. Act quickly to redeem your reputation and protect your record by consulting with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Call today to schedule your free consultation.