Milwaukee Fleeing & Eluding Charge Defense
Charged with fleeing or eluding an officer in Wisconsin? Fleeing and eluding an officer are Wisconsin felony crimes. Specifically, if you disregard a police officer’s signal to stop, and speed up or turn off your lights while being chased by police, then you could be charged with fleeing or eluding. Our Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys defend people charged with fleeing or eluding an officer in Wisconsin.
If the State charges you criminally with eluding or fleeing, you need robust legal representation. Specifically, the criminal defense lawyers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Gamino Law Offices, LLC have experience defending fleeing and eluding charges. Therefore, if you face charges of fleeing or eluding a police officer in Wisconsin, we can help!
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Wisconsin law defines the offense of fleeing or eluding an officer as follows
No operator of a vehicle, after having received a visual or audible signal from a traffic officer, or marked police vehicle, shall knowingly flee or attempt to elude any traffic officer by willful or wanton disregard of such signal so as to interfere with or endanger the operation of the police vehicle, or the traffic officer or other vehicles or pedestrians, nor shall the operator increase the speed of the operator’s vehicle or extinguish the lights of the vehicle in an attempt to elude or flee.Wisconsin Statute 346.04(3)
The jury instructions provide that in Wisconsin, to be convicted of fleeing the State must prove:
The defendant operated a motor vehicle on a highway after receiving a visual or audible signal from a traffic officer or marked police vehicle; andWisconsin JI-Criminal 2630
The defendant knowingly fled or attempted to elude a traffic officer: by
– willful disregard of the visual or audible signal so as to interfere with or endanger the operation of the police vehicle or the traffic officer or other vehicles or pedestrians, or
– increasing the speed of the vehicle in an attempt to elude or to flee, or
– extinguishing the lights of the vehicle in an attempt to elude or to flee.
Possible sentencing consequences when charged with fleeing in Milwaukee or elsewhere in Wisconsin
If convicted of eluding an officer in Wisconsin, that is generally a Class I Felony. However, in certain circumstances the penalties are increased as follows: If the violation results in
- bodily harm to another, or causes damage to the property of another, the person is guilty of a Class H felony.
- great bodily harm to another, the person is guilty of a Class F felony.
- death of another, the person is guilty of a Class E felony.
Why hire our Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer to represent you?
We’re on a mission. We want to be the best Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and all Wisconsin. Specifically, we guard you, your rights, your reputation, your job, your future, and your freedom! What this means is if you’re arrested or charged with fleeing or eluding in Milwaukee, WI, or anywhere in Wisconsin, call us right away. Also, if you are under investigation in Wisconsin for any criminal offense, including fleeing, tell police officers that you wish to speak with an attorney before you talk with them. In summary, early intervention by an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer makes all the difference in the outcome of a criminal case in Wisconsin.
Importantly, not all criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin have great trial skills. Similarly, not every Milwaukee criminal attorney will present a compelling case in court or negotiate a favorable plea agreement. However, our team of accomplished criminal trial and appellate attorneys demonstrate an impressive record of winning litigation skills. Moreover, we know how to get the job done – from pretrial motions to court or jury trials, and appeals. In conclusion, with decades of combined experience, we have the knowledge and aggressive ability necessary to get the results you need.
Finally, contact us for more information about a Milwaukee, Wisconsin criminal defense attorney or our other Wisconsin lawyers. Alternatively, visit our informative Wisconsin criminal law resources page.