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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

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Primary Location
304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Our firm provides excellent services at reasonable fees and accepts a variety of payment methods, including most major credit card providers.

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Fleeing or Eluding Police

All drivers in Pennsylvania are expected to comply with requests by a police officer to stop their vehicles. Failure to bring a vehicle to a stop when asked to do saw by law enforcement can result in a person being charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

While many fleeing or eluding crimes are misdemeanors, certain aggravating factors can result in felony offenses. In some cases, alleged offenders were complete unaware that they were being asked to stop.

Lawyer for Fleeing or Eluding Police Arrests in West Chester, PA

Were you arrested in southeastern Pennsylvania for an alleged fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer offense? Do not say anything to authorities until you have first contacted Ciccarelli Law Offices.

Our criminal defense attorneys in West Chester defend clients accused of traffic crimes in Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Chester County, and the greater Philadelphia area.

You can have our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (610) 719-3200 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Overview of Fleeing or Eluding Police in Pennsylvania

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Fleeing or Eluding Police Charges in Chester County

Under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 3733(a), any driver who willfully fails or refuses to bring his or her motor vehicle to a stop, or who otherwise flees or attempts to elude a pursuing police officer, when given a visual and audible signal to bring the vehicle to a stop, commits the offense of fleeing or attempting to elude police officer.

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 3733(b) establishes that the signal given by the police officer may be by:

  • Hand;
  • Voice;
  • Emergency lights; or
  • Siren.

Fleeing or attempting to elude police officer is typically charged as a second-degree misdemeanor, but the crime becomes a third-degree felony if the alleged offender does any of the following while fleeing or attempting to elude the police officer:

  • crosses a state line; or
  • endangers a law enforcement officer or member of the general public due to the driver engaging in a high-speed chase.

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West Chester Fleeing or Eluding Police Penalties

The possible punishments imposed on people for fleeing or attempting to elude police officer convictions will depend on the grade of the alleged offense. Generally, maximum sentences are as follows:

  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to two years in jail and fine of up to $5,000; and
  • Third-Degree Felony — Up to seven years in prison and fine of up to $15,000.

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 3733(c) establishes two defenses against fleeing or attempting to elude police officer charges. It is a defense to a prosecution that the pursuing police officer's vehicle was not clearly identifiable by its markings or, if unmarked, was not occupied by a police officer who was in uniform and displaying a badge or other sign of authority.

It is also a defense to prosecution if the alleged offender can show by a preponderance of the evidence that the failure to stop immediately for a police officer's vehicle was based upon a good faith concern for personal safety. In determining whether an individual satisfies this burden, the court may consider the following factors:

  • The time and location of the event;
  • The type of police vehicle used by the police officer;
  • The defendant's conduct while being followed by the police officer;
  • Whether the defendant stopped at the first available reasonably lighted or populated area; and
  • Any other factor considered relevant by the court.

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Pennsylvania Fleeing or Eluding Police Resources

Patrol Division | West Chester Borough, PA — The Patrol Division of the West Chester Police Department is comprised of officers who are on patrol 24 hours a day, 7 day a week for residents of the Borough of West Chester and East Bradford Township. Visit this section of the West Chester Police Department to learn more about the duties of patrol division troopers. Elsewhere on the website, you can access forms, open records, and annual reports.

West Chester Police Department
401 E. Gay St.
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 696-2700

Traffic Stop | Flex Your Rights — Flex Your Rights is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization that believes “people must be prepared to intelligently ‘flex’ their constitutional rights during contacts with police.” It creates and distributes what it refers to as “the most compelling, trustworthy, and practical know-your-rights media content in the universe.” Visit this section of its website to find answers to frequently asked questions about traffic stops, police encounters at your door, and other general questions.

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Ciccarelli Law Offices | West Chester Fleeing or Eluding Police Defense Attorney

If you were arrested for allegedly fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer anywhere in southeastern Pennsylvania, it is in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal counsel.

Ciccarelli Law Offices represents residents of and visitors to Plymouth Square, Springfield, Malvern, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square, and Radnor.

Our criminal defense lawyers in West Chester can fight to help you achieve the most favorable resolution to your case that results in the fewest possible penalties. Call (610) 719-3200 or fill out an online contact form to have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.

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