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San Jose, CA evading police charges defense lawyerWhen you see red and blue lights flashing behind you, you probably get a nervous, dreadful feeling in your stomach. In situations like these, our fight or flight response is initiated, but listening to your instinct telling you to flee the situation is one of the worst possible things you can do. If a police officer is trying to pull you over it is illegal for you to try to outrun them or flee from them, and you can get into serious trouble for doing so. If you attempt to flee or evade a police officer, you could be facing jail time, fines and even a driver’s license suspension.

California Vehicle Code Offenses

There are technically four offenses that you can be charged with if you attempt to flee or evade a police officer. California Vehicle Code VEH 2800 contains information about each separate offense.

Evading a Police Officer -- VEH 2800.1

According to the code, you are guilty of a misdemeanor when you evade or attempt to elude a police officer if all of the following conditions are true:

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San Jose traffic defense attorneys, traffic offense, traffic court, traffic tickets,  traffic violationYou are headed down the road, maybe on your way to or from work or school, and suddenly you see red lights in your rear-view mirror. In some cases, you know what you are being pulled over for. You may have knowingly committed a traffic offense, such as going several miles above the speed limit or racing to get through a traffic signal. In other cases you may not have been aware of doing anything wrong, but you end up with a traffic ticket nonetheless. While you may be upset about the fine or think the citation is unfair, you have what you consider two choices: pay the ticket or risk the consequences. Actually, there is a third and far more practical option, which is to contact a criminal defense attorney to fight your ticket in court.

Penalties for Traffic Offenses in San Jose

It is easy to get a traffic ticket when driving through San Jose or exploring the surrounding areas. If you do get one locally, it will likely be handled through the Santa Clara County Court Traffic Division. They have a ‘convenient’ online payment system for paying fines, which many drivers do even if they believe the ticket was unjust. What drivers often downplay or fail to consider is the additional penalties you will likely be facing as the result of your traffic offense. These may include:

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