Evading Arrest Law and Legal Definition

Evading arrest is a crime governed by federal and state laws, which vary by state. It generally involves when a person intentionally flees from a person he knows is a peace officer attempting lawfully to arrest or detain him.

The following is an example of a state statute governing evading arrest:

Evading arrest is defined as follows:

(a) It is unlawful for any person to intentionally flee from anyone the person knows to be a law enforcement officer and the person:

(1) Knows the officer is attempting to arrest the person; or

(2) Has been arrested.

(b) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the attempted arrest was unlawful.