In Wisconsin, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer is considered a serious offense. The legal consequences can vary based on factors such as the circumstances of the incident, whether anyone was injured, and whether there was property damage. Generally, fleeing an officer can result in charges such as:
Fleeing an Officer (Wisconsin Statutes 346.04): This is a misdemeanor offense, and penalties can include fines, probation, and potential jail time.
Recklessly Endangering Safety (Wisconsin Statutes 941.30): If attempting to flee the officer places others in danger, this charge can be applied. It’s a felony offense and carries more severe penalties, including possible imprisonment.
Causing Bodily Harm While Fleeing (Wisconsin Statutes 346.04(3)): If the offender causes bodily harm to another person while fleeing the officer, this can result in felony charges, with potentially significant fines and potential imprisonment.
Causing Death While Fleeing (Wisconsin Statutes 346.04(4)): If the act of fleeing leads to someone’s death, this can result in very serious felony charges and much more harsh repercussions including, major fines, and significant jail time.
Property Damage (Wisconsin Statutes 346.04(2)): If fleeing results in property damage, this can lead to additional charges and restitution.
It’s important to note that the penalties can vary depending on the specific details of the situation, prior criminal history, and the discretion of the court.
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