CA Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC

VC 2800.1 – Evading Police

VC 2800.1 - Evading Police

Evading Police – Table of Contents

Evading the Police Vehicle Code in California (VC 2800)

When police are in pursuit of a suspect in California, it is illegal for that person to flee and resist being arrested. If the person flees on purpose or on their own volition, they can be charged with evading police Vehicle Code under VC 2800.1.

This is a misdemeanor offense, and carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in county jail, up to $1,000 in fines, or both. Police also have a right to seize the vehicle used for the evasion if one was used.

Prosecuting California Evading Police Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC

To convict you of evading the police Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC in violation of the law, the prosecutor must prove:

  1. You were driving a vehicle;
  2. A police officer was pursuing you;
  3. The police officer was also driving a motor vehicle;
  4. You willfully fled or tried to evade the officer(s);
  5. The police vehicle had a visible red light on the front;
  6. You saw this light;
  7. The police officer used his or her siren on the vehicle;
  8. The vehicle was a distinctively marked police vehicle; and
  9. The officer was wearing an official uniform.

As shown, there are many elements to this crime. The prosecutor bears the burden of proving each beyond a reasonable doubt. This means there can be no reasonable doubt as to any one single element of the crime if you are to be convicted.

Aggravating Circumstances and Related Charges

It is important to know exactly what you are being charged with when you go to court or speak with an attorney. Violating evading police Vehicle Code VC 2800.1 can result in a misdemeanor, but if the evading police Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC causes injury or death to another person, for example, it may be charged as a felony, which can double or even 10x your fine. Your jail sentence may be increased to three, five, or seven years in prison, as well. For more information on the more serious crime of “Felony Reckless Evasion”, please see our article on CA VC 2800.2

Even reckless driving, if such occurs in the course of the evading police Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC, can be charged, and this could increase your fines or sentence.

Finally, resisting arrest at its most basic state can be charged in these circumstances, too. Resisting arrest is essentially delaying the administration of justice by preventing a law enforcement officer from making an arrest.

Defending against an Evading Police Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC Charge

Hiring a defense attorney is vital for you freedom and to ensure you are adequately represented in a court of law. A skilled attorney can ensure you are given the best defense possible, by knowing all the ways in which one can defeat a charge of violating Evading Police Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC.

For example, your attorney can prove to the court that there was some emergency on the road that prevented you from slowing or stopping when the officer got behind your car with sirens and lights flashing.

In addition, your attorney may be able to prove the police vehicle was not clearly marked as such, or lacked lights or sirens. If the officer was not in uniform you may be justified in failing to stop for him or her.

You attorney also has an opportunity to present evidence that indicates you did not flee or evade the officer on purpose. Part of the crime is the willful fleeing, so if you fled for any other purpose, you cannot be convicted.

Lastly, as mentioned above, if your attorney can cast reasonable doubt on any element in the evading the police Vehicle Code 2800.1 crime, you can be acquitted.

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If you or a loved one is being charged with Evading the Police Vehicle Code in violation of VC 2800.1 in California, we invite you to contact us immediately for a free case review. Schedule an appointment to meet with us in person, or feel free to submit an evaluation online and we will get in contact with you ASAP. We can provide a free consultation in our office located in Century City, or by phone.

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We cannot stress enough that you read, understand and follow these 10 basic rules if you are criminally charged or under investigation:

  1. Don’t ever talk to the police
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  4. Tell police you need to contact your attorney
  5. Never consent to any search by the police
  6. If the police knock on your door, don't answer!
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  8. Your lawyer (not you) will contact any witnesses
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  10. Early Intervention is the key

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