Flight Law and Legal Definition

Flight in the context of criminal law means when a person accused of a crime seeks to avoid apprehension by running away or hiding. The flight must be active, such as running or driving away.

The elements of the crime of flight varies by state, but generally include:

  1. That a certain person attempted to apprehend the accused;
  2. That said person was authorized to apprehend the accused; and
  3. That the accused fled from the apprehension.