Evading the Police Crime in Nevada
Nevada criminalizes evading the police with NRS 484B.550. This crime occurs when a driver intentionally fails to pull over while the police attempt to initiate a traffic stop.
Eluding the Police
The crime is also referred to as eluding the police, but these are the same offenses. Some examples of evading or eluding the police can include:
- Not stopping for a traffic stop
- High speed chase
- Stopping for a traffic stop too slowly
- Going too far before stopping for a traffic stop
Is it a Felony in Nevada to Evade Police?
In Nevada, the crime of evading or eluding a police officer can be charged either as a misdemeanor, a Category D felony, or a Category B felony, depending on the unique facts of the case.
What are the Penalties?
The misdemeanor form of evading police is the least serious. It can be punished with up to 6 months in jail. This form of the offense involves no dangerous driving, property damage, injury or death, or driving under the influence.
The “mid-level” form of the offense is a Category D felony. This occurs when the defendant evades police while also driving under the influence. This comes with a penalty of 1 to 4 years in prison and up to $5,000.00 in fines.
The most serious version of the offense is a Category B felony. This occurs when the defendant was driving dangerously or caused damage to property. This is penalized with 1 to 6 years in prison and up to $5,000.00 in fines.
Can the Crime be Reduced or Dismissed?
A good defense attorney will attempt to get this crime reduced, or even dismissed in certain circumstances. Some facts the defense might use to get a good result might include:
- The car malfunctioned
- The police did not signal to pull over
- The conditions were unsafe to pull over
- Someone (not you) was driving your car
- Emergency or necessity
- Lack of intent
Contact our defense attorneys today for a free initial review of your evading police case. We'd be happy to start fighting back on your behalf.