Disregarding Police

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What is Disregarding Police?

Ignoring a verbal or visual signal from a police officer to stop or move a vehicle is the definition of disregarding the authority of the police. If you disobey the law, you could face a variety of fines in addition to time in jail.

It is a major offense not to stop while police are approaching. It is against the law for a driver to “willfully fail or refuse to bring his or her car to a stop” and attempt to elude or flee from a police officer or vehicle that is issuing a signal for the driver to halt.

It makes no difference whether the signal is verbal or visible, such as the officer flashing their lights. If a law enforcement officer gives the driver the signal to pull over, the driver is obligated to do so. Additionally, the officer needs to be easily identifiable by wearing their uniform with their badge of office and driving a vehicle that is specifically designated for police use.

What Are the Penalties for Disregarding Police?

When you disobey the law, you could face different fines and penalties depending on where you live. Running from or eluding law enforcement in the state of Georgia is a high and aggravated misdemeanor, which is the most serious category of misdemeanor crimes.

The following are the punishments that can be given to a person who is found guilty of running away from them or attempting to avoid them:

  • A first-time conviction fine could be between $500-$5,000, with imprisonment between 10 days and 12 months.
  • A second-time conviction that is within ten years from the date of the previous arrest could be between $1,000-$5,000, with imprisonment between 30 days to 12 months.
  • A third-time conviction that is within ten years from the date of the previous arrests could be between $2,500-$5,000, with imprisonment between 90 days and 12 months.

When Does Eluding a Police Officer Become a Felony?

In Georgia, it is possible to be charged with a felony offense for the very first time for disobeying a law enforcement officer under specific circumstances.

If a driver meets any of the following criteria, they could face felony charges:

  • Driving 20MPH above the speed limit
  • Put the public at risk while fleeing
  • Cause a collision with another driver 
  • Hit a pedestrian with a vehicle
  • Leave the state while fleeing

In these scenarios, a felony would have the potential for a fine of up to $5,000 as well as a jail sentence ranging from one to five years.

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