When You Hide from the Cops, Tuck Your Legs In

I’ve talked about some silly crimes in my blog, but they’re usually committed by dopey Americans. Today, I’m going across the pond because this whole story is ridiculous, and I can’t not share it.

When You Hide from the Cops, Tuck Your Legs In

(Photo Credit to West Yorkshire Police/Guzelian, via The Telegraph)

The West Yorkshire Police recently posted a picture of guy, wanted for questioning for some reason or another, trying to hide from the cops under his bed. But instead of crawling in from the bottom, he went in sideways – and left his legs hanging out. In the words of the police, “You will not be surprised to find out that yes we did find him – he will not be winning any awards for hide and seek champion soon!!!”

This guy won’t be giving John Cena a run for his money any time soon, either.

Let’s talk about resisting arrest and prison breaks in Maryland

Let me be very clear: if the cops are after you, don’t run and don’t hide. That’s evading arrest, and it’s a crime – like, everywhere. It’s not as if Maryland has some strange laws about not being a fugitive; literally every state in the country as well as the federal government has laws on the books about running from police. And at the risk of being too on the nose, running from the cops can get you shot in the back.

Maryland law calls it resisting or interfering with arrest, by the way, and it can land you in jail for up to three years, and cost you up to $5000 in fines.

Now, if you manage to break out of prison and decide to flee, we have laws for that, too. If you “escape from a place of confinement,” including a juvenile facility, you can be found “guilty of the felony of escape in the first degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $20,000 or both.” If you wander away from custody, or leave your hous while you’re under home detention, or manage to escape the clutches of The Man in a way that isn’t a full-blown prison break, you can be found guilty of escape in the 2nd degree, which means up to three more years back in jail, and/or up to $5000 in fines.

If I’ve learned nothing else from watching horror movies as a kid, it’s that instinct can take over when you’re scared – and that heading for a bedroom when the monster is after you is absolutely 100% gonna get you killed. I also know that most cops – even the good guys, who really do want to keep people safe – are not as cool, calm and collected as the ones you see on TV, especially when they draw their guns. So if you ARE in trouble, don’t run. It won’t end well, I assure you.

At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, you can find the help you need when you’re facing criminal charges. As an Annapolis criminal defense lawyer, I’ve seen it all; I know what it takes to build a successful strategy for your defense. You can reach me at 410.777.8103, or by filling out this contact form.

You don’t have to face all of this alone. Just remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.

 

About the Author:

Drew Cochran
Drew Cochran has practiced criminal defense law in Annapolis for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar, Anne Arundel County Bar, and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association. Named a “Leading Attorney” by What’s Up Magazine: Annapolis in 2011, Mr. Cochran handles criminal defense, DUI defense, juvenile law, and all felony and misdemeanor defense throughout Maryland.Read Full Bio

Contact Me Now For A Free Consultation

Call Now For A FREE Consultation To Discuss Your Case
Call Drew Cochran Directly 410-777-8103

Our Testimonials

Client

The best lawyer I ever had or dealt with. Very easy to communicate and always able to speak to you without having you wait for days for an answer. Every time he has said something he will take care of that day he actually has done it and took care of it. 

~ Client

Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
5.0
2016-10-02T18:41:06+00:00

~ Client

The best lawyer I ever had or dealt with. Very easy to communicate and always able to speak to you without having you wait for days for an answer. Every time he has said something he will take care of that day he actually has done it and took care of it. 

Client

Drew Cochran is an outstanding defense attorney. Seasoned, savvy, and smart, he knows the law and understands how to apply it to get the maximum benefit for his client. He keeps his eye on the big picture—getting the best results possible—while attending to the smallest details to ensure success. He is accessible, responsive, and user-friendly, while communicating clearly with the client. And with a fair, single-fee, cost structure for his services, he is also cost-effective and economical, and doesn’t “keep the hourly-rate meter running” for the time he invests in the case. If you’re looking for a super-effective attorney who can get results even against the odds, Drew Cochran should be your choice. Sign me VHC for Very Happy Client

~ Client

Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
5.0
2017-11-16T15:00:24+00:00

~ Client

Drew Cochran is an outstanding defense attorney. Seasoned, savvy, and smart, he knows the law and understands how to apply it to get the maximum benefit for his client. He keeps his eye on the big picture—getting the best results possible—while attending to the smallest details to ensure success. He is accessible, responsive, and user-friendly, while communicating clearly with the client. And with a fair, single-fee, cost structure for his services, he is also cost-effective and economical, and doesn’t “keep the hourly-rate meter running” for the time he invests in the case. If you’re looking for a super-effective attorney who can get results even against the odds, Drew Cochran should be your choice. Sign me VHC for Very Happy Client

Client

Thank you for guiding me through this process. You were efficient and results oriented but also understanding of my bigger picture. I appreciate your patience in listening to my concerns. However, at the end of the day, results matter and you provided the best results for a very serious matter. I would recommend you to anyone facing a district court matter.

~ Client

Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
5.0
2016-10-17T12:53:19+00:00

~ Client

Thank you for guiding me through this process. You were efficient and results oriented but also understanding of my bigger picture. I appreciate your patience in listening to my concerns. However, at the end of the day, results matter and you provided the best results for a very serious matter. I would recommend you to anyone facing a district court matter.

Client

I want to thank you for your representation of [our] case. You did a wonderful job in bringing the truth to the jury. You were magnificent in the court room. You gave us our day in court. Thank You.

~ Client

Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
5.0
2016-10-17T12:54:27+00:00

~ Client

I want to thank you for your representation of [our] case. You did a wonderful job in bringing the truth to the jury. You were magnificent in the court room. You gave us our day in court. Thank You.

Client

We wanted to sincerely thank you for all you did to help [our child] through this difficult phase of his life. The additional time that you spent and your effort to take a personal interest in his welfare and progress was certainly far beyond what one would expect. We are most grateful and pleased with your professional services but let's hope we don't have to rely on them in the future.

~ Client

Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
5.0
2016-10-17T12:53:57+00:00

~ Client

We wanted to sincerely thank you for all you did to help [our child] through this difficult phase of his life. The additional time that you spent and your effort to take a personal interest in his welfare and progress was certainly far beyond what one would expect. We are most grateful and pleased with your professional services but let's hope we don't have to rely on them in the future.

Client

This is a lawyer that cares about who you are and helping you through the situation. Dealing with such life impacting challenge can be overwhelming, yet Mr. Cochran treats you like family and takes his time to understand your case as well as how it is impacting you. He provides exceptional law support based upon his years of experience and knowledge. Mr. Cochran is someone that you want on your side.

~ Client

Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law
5.0
2017-03-24T14:01:06+00:00

~ Client

This is a lawyer that cares about who you are and helping you through the situation. Dealing with such life impacting challenge can be overwhelming, yet Mr. Cochran treats you like family and takes his time to understand your case as well as how it is impacting you. He provides exceptional law support based upon his years of experience and knowledge. Mr. Cochran is someone that you want on your side.
5
6
Whats UpAvvoBBB
TEXT US410-777-8103