Fail to stop for police can result in jail. However, for most people this is unlikely. If you’ve been charged with failing to stop for police, our lawyers are committed to helping you get the best possible outcome for your case.
Will I go to jail?
The maximum penalty is 12 months imprisonment. Therefore, it’s possible to go to jail.
However, most offenders will not go to jail.
The sentence imposed will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The seriousness
- Your criminal history
- Your traffic history
- Completion of the Traffic Offenders Program
- Your subjective circumstances
If the driving is dangerous and you do not stop for police, you could be charged with Police Pursuit. The risk of jail is higher for this charge.
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Can I avoid a criminal record for failing to stop for police?
A criminal conviction is likely. However, it’s possible to avoid a conviction with a strong subjective case at sentence.
Will I lose my licence for failing to stop for police?
This charge does not carry with it a period of licence disqualification. Therefore, you will not lose your licence if you are convicted.
Can I defend the charge?
Yes. It is possible to defend this charge. The prosecution will need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you committed the offence.
In addition, possible defences include:
- You were not aware you were being pursued by police
- Acting under duress
As a result, if the court accepts your defence, you will be found not guilty.
We can help
Our lawyers can help you:
- Defend the charge
- Negotiate the facts with police
- Or, if pleading guilty, prepare a strong case to get the best possible sentence.
Contact us today on 0421 700 497 for a free initial consultation.