Escape accusations can be devastating to a person for various reasons. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony escape charge, the penalties attached to a conviction can be devastating. Prosecutors will not hesitate to recommend harsh sentences to the court, which can add a significant amount of time to a jail or prison sentence.
If you are facing an escape charge, it is imperative that you contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. At Konta Georges & Buza P.C. founders at our firm have years of experience litigating these cases from both sides. You benefit from our team’s insider’s perspective when you retain us as your legal advocates.
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It doesn’t take a law degree to understand the legal doctrine of escape. If a person is in custody and he escapes, then he is guilty of escape. While this is pretty easy to understand, some of the words used in the escape statute carry precise legal definitions.
A key point to remember is that in the context of an arrest, it must be “authorized.” An arrest is “authorized” when the public servant who is effecting the arrest has reasonable cause to believe that the arrested person committed a crime.
An officer has reasonable cause to believe that a person committed a crime when there is objective evidence that leads him to conclude that it is more likely than not that the person committed the crime. New York’s escape laws are codified in penal code sections 205.05, 205.10 and 205.15.
These sentences can run consecutive (meaning in addition) to whatever sentence the person is serving (or may serve if not yet convicted) from which the person escaped.
Escape is a serious crime and conviction can have numerous collateral consequences. Contact us online or call 212-710-5166 for a free consultation, if you or a loved one is accused of this crime. We skillfully represent individuals in all five boroughs of New York City.
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