There are times when police are in the process of pulling over a car or detaining a pedestrian and the individual chooses to run rather than comply with the peace officer. The reason for doing this varies. Sometimes the person has a warrant out for their arrest for traffic tickets, parole violations or is on probation. Often times the person has drugs and is scared to get arrested for them.
It would we wise to reconsider running rather than facing the consequences. If you have a warrant for a ticket, you can always pay it or pay a bond. If you have drugs 0r on parole or probation you can only make your situation worse. Evading Arrest on foot is Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000. If you have been previously convicted of Evading Arrest a second offense is a State Jail Felony punishable from 6 months to 2 years in the State Jail with a fine up to $10,000.
If you choose to evade in an automobile you can be charged with a 3rd Degree Felony punishable from 2 to 10 years in TDC and a fine up to $10,000. The case will become a 2nd Degree Felony if another suffers death as a direct result of an an attempt by the officer from whom the actor is fleeing to apprehend the actor while the actor is in flight.
While facing the police can be a nerve racking and sometimes scary situation it makes much more sense to speak with the officer rather than run and make a bad situation much worse.
If you or someone you know is need of a Houston Criminal Attorney call Texas Board Certified Attorney Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400.