Fleeing And Eluding, Resisting And Obstructing

With highly publicized cases like the police shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, the crimes of fleeing and eluding and resisting or obstructing are being re-examined by state legislatures throughout the country. Some of Michigan state and local Macomb County leaders' top priorities involve keeping residents and law enforcement officers safe from excessive force and unnecessary violence.

In Michigan, fleeing, eluding, assaulting, obstructing and endangering a police officer are felony crimes that require the services of an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. Make sure you have experienced counsel on your side. Contact us at the Law Offices of Nickolas Daniels and Associates.

Fleeing And Eluding An Officer In Macomb County

A driver of a motor vehicle who fails to stop or obey the directions of a police officer can be charged with fleeing and eluding (MCL 750.479a).

Fourth degree

  • Maximum two years in prison and/or $2,000 fine, plus probation/parole

Third degree: Fleeing and eluding resulting in a collision/accident or exceeding a 35 mph speed limit or you have one prior fourth-degree conviction

  • Maximum five years in prison and/or $5,000 fine, plus probation/parole

Second degree: Fleeing and eluding resulting in serious impairment of a bodily function or you have a prior first-, second- or third-degree conviction or two prior fourth-degree convictions

  • Maximum 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine, plus probation/parole

First degree: Fleeing and eluding resulting in death

  • Maximum 15 years in prison and/or $15,000 fine, plus probation/parole

Resisting Or Obstructing An Officer In Oakland County

Another Michigan law prohibits obstructive conduct or conduct that endangers an officer in the performance of duties. Such conduct includes assaulting, resisting and obstructing (MCL 750.479).

R&O

  • Maximum two years in prison and/or $2,000 fine, plus probation/parole

R&O resulting in bodily injury requiring medical attention

  • Maximum four years in prison and/or $5,000 fine, plus probation/parole

R&O resulting in serious impairment of a bodily function

  • Maximum 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine, plus probation/parole

R&O resulting in death

  • Maximum 20 years in prison and/or $20,000 fine, plus probation/parole

Any temptation to run or drive off after being confronted by the police will only make matters worse. Fleeing, eluding or obstructing the police upon being arrested or stopped for a traffic ticket or drunk driving offense in Michigan will mean an additional felony charge for fleeing and eluding or obstructing the police. If an injury or death results, the charges are upgraded to felonies, which can carry 10 to 15 years in prison.

The Law Offices of Nickolas Daniels and Associates encourages anyone charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne counties to immediately contact and retain our office. Your access to our knowledge, experience and strategic approach to handling criminal matters begins the moment you call. We have had numerous charges of fleeing, eluding and obstruction reduced to misdemeanors or dismissed.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can get to work making you feel confident about your future.