People sometimes find themselves in a very difficult situation after being charged with several crimes for the same incident. The consequences of violating multiple laws can be severe, and penalties for felony charges can include years of jail time and probation, along with fines.
A man from Fort Walton Beach was arrested when local police found him driving a stolen RV and then trying to avoid them.
Florida man leads police on a chase through the woods in stolen vehicle
The incident began when police received a call that an RV was stolen from the nearby town of Crestview. Right around 5:30pm, a caller reported that the stolen vehicle was seen going north on State Road 85, just south of the part of Crestview where the owner of the RV lived. An officer with the Okaloosa County police saw the vehicle turn onto Rattlesnake Bluff Road and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The officer saw the vehicle turn away to avoid him, and the suspect swerved into the opposite traffic lane, almost hitting another car during the turn.
During the ensuing chase, the driver made many evasive maneuvers. He turned onto a dirt trail, collided with tree branches and trunks, destroyed the awning of the RV, and tried to make several more sudden turns before hitting a tree and coming to a stop. After the collision, the suspect took off on foot, but was apprehended by police shortly afterward.
When police spoke to the suspect, he claimed that he did not steal the RV, but he admitted to fleeing from officers because he had open warrants in Escambia County, Florida. A passenger was also in the RV during this chase, but he claims he did not know the vehicle had been stolen and was released without being arrested. The Crestview Police will take over the investigation of the stolen vehicle.
The 22 year old suspect was charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reported the incident on their official facebook page.
Getting help after an arrest
Fort Walton Beach criminal defense lawyers can assist with the process of reviewing your charges to see if there are any possible defenses. Criminal cases may be reduced or dropped if the officers on the scene made mistakes collecting evidence or confessions, or even if the local prosecutor has difficulty proving one or more elements of the crime. In order for someone to be found guilty, the state must prove all elements of the offense beyond all reasonable doubt to the jury.
Even when the government has a strong case, your lawyer may be able to negotiate a better plea deal with the state attorney’s office. Experienced criminal attorneys know how to negotiate with the prosecutor assigned to the case, due to years of experience in the local courts.
Learn more about defending against criminal charges in Florida
There are attorneys in the north part of Florida and Okaloosa County who can assist with your defense. To learn more, contact the professionals at ASG Legal.