Teaneck NJ Eluding a Police Officer Defense Attorneys
Bergen County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers with Offices in Hackensack, New Jersey
Eluding police is a serious felony charge in Bergen County NJ that can result in jail time, probation, and a permanent criminal charge on your record if convicted. If you are charged with a second degree or third degree eluding in New Jersey, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer for help. The Tormey Law Firm boasts a team of highly skilled criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) attorneys with years of experience representing clients charged with criminal and traffic offenses, including eluding a police officer, aggravated assault, theft by deception, and credit card fraud in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey, including in Montvale, Saddle Brook, and Teaneck. With offices conveniently located in the center of Hackensack’s criminal justice complex, Mr. Tormey and his fellow attorneys appear in courts throughout Bergen County on a daily basis, utilizing their detail-intensive approach and well-founded reputations to achieve the best possible results for their clients.
Mr. Tormey has years of experience defending clients charged with eluding offenses throughout New Jersey. In fact, Mr. Tormey recently represented a client in Morris County on a second degree eluding charge. The client was facing five (5) to ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison. Mr. Tormey was able to convince the prosecutor to admit the client into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. Now, when the client completes the program, he not only will avoid jail time but he will also have no criminal record. To speak with Mr. Tormey or a member of his criminal trial team, contact their Hackensack, New Jersey offices at (201)-330-4979. Free consultations are always provided and we pride ourselves on providing immediate assistance.
Eluding a Police Officer in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2
Eluding a police officer is a criminal charge in New Jersey. It is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2, which provides, in pertinent part:
§ 2C:29-2. Resisting arrest, eluding officer
b. Any person, while operating a motor vehicle on any street or highway in this State or any vessel, as defined pursuant to section 2 of P.L. 1995, c. 401, on the waters of this State, who knowingly flees or attempts to elude any police or law enforcement officer after having received any signal from such officer to bring the vehicle or vessel to a full stop commits a crime of the third degree; except that, a person is guilty of a crime of the second degree if the flight or attempt to elude creates a risk of death or injury to any person. For purposes of this subsection, there shall be a permissive inference that the flight or attempt to elude creates a risk of death or injury to any person if the person’s conduct involves a violation of chapter 4 of Title 39 or chapter 7 of Title 12 of the Revised Statutes. In addition to the penalty prescribed under this subsection or any other section of law, the court shall order the suspension of that person’s driver’s license, or privilege to operate a vessel, whichever is appropriate, for a period of not less than six months or more than two years.
Eluding a Police Officer Penalties in New Jersey
As the above statute stipulates, eluding a police officer is a serious criminal offense in New Jersey. Depending on the circumstances, eluding can be a second degree or third degree offense. A second degree offense has a presumption of incarceration even with no prior record. It also has a state prison range of five (5) to ten (10) years. By contrast, a third degree offense has a presumption of non-incarceration and a prison range of three (3) to five (5) years. Moreover, on a third degree eluding offense, you may be able to enter into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program and avoid a criminal record altogether if you successfully complete the program.
Call the Tormey Law Firm in Hackensack, NJ Today for a Free Consultation
For additional information and a free consultation about your eluding a police officer case in Bergen County, New Jersey, please contact us anytime at (201)-330-4979, or use our online contact form. Our Hackensack office is conveniently located in the heart of Bergen County, just steps from the Hackensack Municipal Court and Bergen County Superior Court. One of our criminal defense attorneys will be happy to discuss your case over the phone or to schedule an appointment to meet with you in person.