Refusing to stop is the criminal act of not stopping when told to by a police officer. It does not matter whether the police officer verbally instructs a person to stop or flashes their lights. In Nevada, refusing to stop for the police is called evading police. A person can be charged with misdemeanor eluding police, which is punishable by six months in county jail and/or $1,000 fine, or they could be charged with a felony. The type of evading police felony that a person is charged with depends on the facts of the case.

How Many Types of Felony Evading Charges Does Nevada have?

Nevada has three types of felony eluding charges:

  • Felony evading causing endangerment of another or property damage
  • Felony evading causing serious bodily harm
  • Felony evading DUI

What Is Felony Evading with Human Endangerment or Damage to Property?

This felony evading charge occurs in one of two ways. The first way is the person drives in such a way that the state considers reckless and careless. Driving in this manner may cause a person to endanger innocent people and/or police.

What About Damage to Property?

A person can be charged with felony evading when they are fleeing from police and cause damage to someone’s property. It may be minor or major property damage. The person is charged with a felony regardless.

How Many Years in Prison Can I Receive for a Felony Evading Conviction in Nevada?

Causing damage to property or placing a person in harm’s way while evading a police officer is a category B felony. The sentence for this crime is one to five years in prison. A person may also be ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. 

Can I Get Probation Instead of Prison Time?

It is possible. A judge can suspend the prison sentence and order the person to probation instead. However, getting probation instead of prison time is extremely difficult.

Should I Contact a Lawyer?

If you are facing a category B felony charge in Nevada, it is important that you contact a Nevada lawyer immediately. A lawyer can prove to be invaluable when considering how to fight your felony evading police charge.