Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer
For fleeing to elude crimes charged under Florida Statute § 316.1935(1), the following three elements must be proven beyond all reasonable doubt at trial:
- The defendant was operating a vehicle upon a street or highway in Florida.
- A duly authorized law enforcement officer ordered the defendant to stop or remain stopped.
- The defendant, knowing he or she had been ordered to stop by a duly authorized law enforcement officer, either:
- willfully refused or failed to stop the vehicle in compliance with the order; or
- having stopped the vehicle, willfully fled in a vehicle in an attempt to elude the officer.
Pursuant to § 316.003(83), Fla. Stat., the term “street or highway” is defined to mean “the entire width between boundary lines of every way or place of whatever nature when any part thereof is open to the public for purposes of vehicular traffic.”
Related offenses often include either reckless driving under Section 316.192(1)(b) or disobedience to police or fire department officials under Section 316.072(3).
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Types of Fleeing to Elude Crimes in Florida
Under Florida law, crimes related to fleeing and eluding can be charged as follows:
- Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer § 316.1935(1)
- Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer § 316.1935(2)
- Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer (Siren and Lights Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving) § 316.1935(3)(a)
- Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer § 316.1935(3)(b)
- Aggravated Fleeing or Eluding (Leaving a Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury, Injury, or Death then Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death) § 316.1935(4)(b) and § 316.027
- Aggravated Fleeing or Eluding § 316.1935(4)(b) and § 316.061
- Aggravated Fleeing or Eluding (Leaving a Crash Involving Serious Bodily Injury, Injury, or Death then Causing Injury or Property Damage to Another) § 316.1935(4)(a) and § 316.027
- Aggravated Fleeing or Eluding § 316.1935(4)(a) and § 316.061
This article was last updated on Friday, November 25, 2022.