Asked in Federal Crimes for Michigan

Q: What are the chances of leniency on a 4th degree felony of fleeing, first offense and with mental health issues

My best friend got arrested for fleeing from a police officer after they did a stop for a traffic violation. She was having a mental health episode triggered by seeing the police officer walking towards her car. She was arrested eventually after her car tires were taken out and she drove onto a bridge. This is her first offense, she only has one prior speeding ticket and no other criminal offense that I'm aware of. She's also a medically retired veteran with lots of documented history for her specific mental health issue. What are the chances that she'll be offered a plea bargain and avoid jail time? Or have the felony reduced to a misdemeanor?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: By the facts presented, it sounds like she already caught a break by being charged with the least degree of fleeing and eluding (4th degree). Chances are her attorney may be able to negotiate further. A treatment court (mental health or veterans) may be an option as well, which would greatly increase the likelihood of no jail.

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