Fleeing And Eluding Police

Elements of Offense - Ann Arbor, MI - Washtenaw County

The crime of Fleeing and Eluding Police is a serious felony offense. A driver of a motor vehicle who is given by hand, voice, emergency light, or siren a visual or audible signal by a police officer, acting in the lawful performance of his or her duty, directing the driver to bring his/her vehicle to a stop shall not willfully fail to obey that direction by increasing the speed of the motor vehicle, extinguishing the lights of the motor vehicle, or otherwise attempting to flee or elude the officer. A person who fails to stop for police under these circumstances will be charged with the felony crime of Fleeing and Eluding Police. A person who commits the offense of Fleeing and Eluding Police in the Fourth Degree can be sentenced to a maximum of 2 years imprisonment. The typical minimum sentence for this offense in Washtenaw County is 3 years supervised probation with jail work program or community service.

A person who fails to stop for police under other more serious circumstances will be charged with the felony crime of Fleeing and Eluding Police in the Third Degree. This type of offense occurs if a person attempts to flee from police and a motor vehicle accident results or a portion of the offense occurred in an area where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. A person who commits the offense of Fleeing and Eluding Police in the Third Degree can be sentenced to a maximum of 5 years imprisonment. The typical minimum sentence for this offense in Washtenaw County is 6 months to 1 year in jail or prison with 3 years of supervised probation or parole to follow. A person convicted of this felony offense will also lose the right to vote, the right to possess and use firearms, the right to serve on a jury, the ability to obtain certain professional licenses and obtain quality employment, the ability to obtain certain types of travel visas, and may be deported from the country.