The Crime

Evading Arrest can be classified as a misdemeanor offense and can seriously damage your record and your reputation.  Depending upon the facts and circumstances of the case, it may also be classified as Felony Evading Arrest.  In Tennessee, a person may be convicted of the crime of Misdemeanor Evading Arrest if the state prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the person:

  1. Intentionally fled;
  2. By any means of locomotion;
  3. From anyone the person knew to be a law enforcement officer;
  4. If the person knew the officer was attempting to arrest the person or if the person had been arrested.

If you have been charged with the crime of Evading Arrest, you should seek help from the Knoxville criminal defense attorneys at the Oberman & Rice Law Firm.

[Source: Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-16-603]

The Penalties

Under Tennessee law, Misdemeanor Evading Arrest is a Class A Misdemeanor and may result in some or all of the following consequences:

  1. A sentence of up to 11 months, 29 days in prison;
  2. A probationary period;
  3. A fine of up to $2,500;
  4. Court costs.

[Source: Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-16-603]

Why Hire An Attorney Immediately?

It is important to act quickly in order to gather and preserve favorable evidence. Key evidence (faces, dates, events, and conversations) fades from memory over time. Certain witnesses need to be interviewed as soon as possible.  Key evidence (faces, dates, events, and conversations) fades from memory over time.  Also, video recordings and other evidence may be destroyed.  Therefore, it is critical to begin an investigation as soon as possible to ensure valuable evidence is not lost. Success or failure in any criminal case may be determined in the decisions of the defendant and his or her Tennessee Criminal Attorney in only a few hours or days after an arrest is made.

Contact Us Today

If you or someone you know has recently been charged, contact the Oberman & Rice Law Firm today so that we can begin preparing a defense for your case. Submit your information for a free case evaluation from our Knoxville criminal defense attorneys or call our office at 865-249-7200.