- October 21, 2016
- Posted by: Amir Ladan
- Category: Criminal Defense, Q & A
Criminal Defense Questions: Fleeing Arrest
Question: I was found guilty for eluding arrest, what minimum or maximum sentence could I face?
Amir’s Answer: Florida Statute 316.1935 details the levels of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude (“FATE”).
The lowest level FATE charge under this statute is a 3rd degree felony, which carries with it a maximum period of incarceration of 5 years. If the FATE is aggravated by factors such as driving at a high rate of speed, then it’s a 2nd degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. If in the course of aggravated fleeing, someone else suffers seriously bodily injury or dies, then the offense is a 1st degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison with a 3 year minimum mandatory sentence.
Additionally, to properly calculate what your minimum and maximum sentences are, you need to calculate your entire criminal history on a sentencing guidelines score sheet. Your prior record may cause you to score in excess of the statutory maximums stated above.
I strongly recommend you speak with your criminal defense attorney regarding the various sentencing issues well in advance of your sentencing date.