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Evading from police - worth it or not?

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Nightmare

GUIDE DESCRIPTION

 

The following guide has been made for the community members and it includes a general opinion about the evading a police officer act which we usually see in roleplay servers, below you will find the common reasons for this act, whether it's worth it or not, which reasons are realistic and which reasons are not and lastly, there are two (2) tips for the readers of this guide. If this guide contains opinions that you might not agree on, please refrain from expressing your disagreement with bad comments, constructive criticism is accepted. If you would like to improve this guide, please quote me in your replies with the changes that you want me to make. Happy reading!

 


 

COMMON REASONS

 

  • Ticket
  • In the mood for a chase
  • Wanted
  • Illegal firearm in your possession
  • Driving without a license
  • Driving a stolen vehicle
  • Driving an unregistered vehicle
  • Evading videos

 


 

IS IT WORTH?

 

 

Ticket: We all know that whenever someone decides to evade, the consequences of this action will be nothing but bad. First of all, let's have a look at the penal code, evading from police can put you in state prison for years, your car will be impounded and your license will be suspended. Let's just think of the consequences from an IC perspective, let's say that you are behind the wheel and you are getting pulled over by the police after committing a traffic violation, failure to yield. Your character begins to get stressed and their brain gets bombarded with questions like:

 

  • What did I do?
  • What do I do?
  • Am I going to get a ticket because the officer is in a bad mood today?
  • Have I done anything else?
  • Do I have my papers?

 

 Let's say that your character hasn't committed a felony and he's clean, the only thing he did was violate a traffic law. Is it worth evading the police because the guy that's portraying that character doesn't want to waste these 2500$ or 3000$ on a ticket? Is it also worth evading because your character can't afford a ticket? The answer to both is NO.  Keep in mind that from the moment a police officer stops you, everything is recorded from a dashcam and every cruiser is equipped with it. The first thing that a police officer sees is the registration plates. Once the officer runs what's written on the plates, the MDC is going to show your character's information, including your name, address, the vehicles that your character owns and if an officer performs a background check, which is what most of the officers do so they know what kind of person they are dealing with, he will have everything he needs to help him or her in case the situation gets out of control and your character drives off.

 

 

Let's say that your character decides to evade, what can happen during a pursuit? Here's a list of what can happen:

 

  • Your character violates many traffic laws
  • Your character brings chaos to the city by driving on sidewalks, nearly striking other cars or pedestrians
  • Your character gets involved in a traffic collision and gets injured
  • Your character gets involved in a traffic collision and ends up dying
  • Your character gets involved in a traffic collision and kills or injures the driver of the other car
  • Your character kills a pedestrian after running them over

 

Now think about how your character would feel if those happened, it's a big challenge and not everyone would risk it. Even if it's a game, we're still supposed to portray our characters realistically and think realistically. Let's have a look at the consequences once again, we have:

 

  • Many years in state prison
  • License suspended
  • Car impounded

 

Now let's think about the impact that those consequences are going to have on your character:

 

  • Imprisoned for many years
  • Away from their family for too long
  • Being forced to have a schedule that they didn't have before
  • Getting involved in dangerous fights which might result in his death

 

In other words, his life will be ruined for just a 3000$ or 2500$ ticket that he refused to pay or couldn't afford to pay, therefore, it's not worth it.

 

In the mood for a chase: Being in the mood for a chase is something that your character would never want to do unless they are on drugs, an adrenaline junkie or maybe even a bit of a daredevil, but let's analyze it. Your character wakes up, exits their house, unlocks their car, gets in and drives off. Here's a list of where most people would go when driving their cars:

 

  • Shops
  • Bank
  • Restaurant
  • Drive around the city
  • Cinema
  • Airport
  • Train station
  • Friends or family houses

 

Now let's think about why your character would try and bait the police to get them to chase them. The only reason is entertainment, it's always the guy who's portraying the character that wants to be entertained mostly and not the character. What most people are trying to achieve is entertainment and getting the "Best driver" achievement but let's see it from the in-character perspective, is it worth it? The answer is NO because nobody would even think of baiting the cops to chase them, unless as aforementioned, they are on drugs, an adrenaline junkie or a bit of a daredevil which doesn't happen very often in reality. Normal people don't do it because they know the consequences and your character for sure knows the consequences too which means that if they successfully evade from the police and they have his or her name and a BOLO for him or her, sooner or later, the police will be outside his house, banging on the door and that will be the end of your character's life, even if it's for a few hours OOCly, ICly it's considered as years so it's not really worth it and on top of that, it's unrealistic and against the rules.

 

Wanted: Evading the police because you are wanted is what most people do because they are afraid of the consequences that are going to follow and fear is growing inside them because they are fully aware and they don't like what's going to follow so the only option that's in their minds is to evade. The question is, is it worth it?

 

Let's say that your character is a serial killer and he's wanted by the police but he doesn't know that. One day, while driving around the city, he gets pulled over by the police, the traffic stop is taking too long and suddenly, more cruisers arrive and start getting in a felony stop formation. Your character, being a serial killer has two options, he could either 

 

  1. Surrender
  2. Evade

 

The second option would be a good idea, maybe not for everyone but there's a 50% chance that your character might escape so your character would want to try. The reason why your character would want to try it is that knowing what's going to follow and the fact that it took too long for the police to find him, he would risk evading again so it would take the police even more time and during that time, he would be able to find a new place to live outside the city and find new methods to conceal his identity. So, no matter what happens during that pursuit, your character will fight for his freedom and if he gets caught, at least he knows that he tried hard for it. So, the answer to the question whether it's worth it or not is YESit is.

 

Illegal firearm in your possession:  Having an illegal firearm in your possession is against the law and it's also a good excuse for most people to evade from police. Is it worth for people to evade police whenever they get pulled over and they have the gun on them? Let's see it this way, your character gets pulled over and they have a gun on them. As we all know, in order for the police to search your vehicle, they need to have a search warrant or a probable cause. If an officer sees the firearm in your car, he can legally detain you and confiscate the weapon as well as arrest you. So, in that case, if your character ever gets pulled over and has an illegal firearm in their possession but it's not visible, they will be okay because the officer doesn't really know that your character has a firearm on him or her, therefore, they will receive a ticket for a traffic violation, if they violated any traffic laws and then they will be free to go.

 

So, the answer to this question is NO because evading from police, with a 50% chance escaping puts everything at risk, starting from your character losing their gun and also being charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm which means that he can go to jail for it and ICly, being in jail has its ups and downs so it's not worth risking it.

 

Driving without a license: Driving without a license is illegal and also a good reason to evade for some people. People have different opinions on this one so we will analyze both.

Let's say that your character gets pulled over by the police and he doesn't have a license. There are two questions he or she is going to ask themselves.

 

  1. Should I evade?
  2. Should I comply and get a fine or even arrested for a few years?

 

Many people choose the first option and only a few the second one. The question is, which option is the better? Considering that there's a 50% chance to escape from the police, your character is risking everything for a fine or even jail for a few years. Is it worth it? The answer is YES and NO, yes because your character knows that they will be arrested, therefore, they will fight for their freedom but at the same time, it's not worth it because your character can get away with it with just a ticket and avoid jail since a ticket is an option too so it's up to the character to decide what's the best for them but it's recommended not to, since the punishment for such a violation varies and it's not always harsh.

 

Driving a stolen vehicle: Driving a stolen vehicle is a felony and also a very risky thing to do. Is it worth evading though? So, let's imagine that we are driving through Downtown with a stolen vehicle, a police cruiser is signaling us to pull over, what do we do? There are two options here, these options are:

 

  1. Pull over and turn the engine off
  2. Evade

 

Now, let's say that we pull over and wait for the officer to get out of the cruiser. The officer has already called in the description of the car on the radio and he knows who the owner is, so if there's a report for a stolen vehicle, the officer will call in a felony stop, which leaves us with two choices, the choices are:

 

  1. Evade
  2. Surrender

 

Surrendering is the last thing our character wants unless he decides to be nice or he's used to getting arrested, which leaves us with only one choice which is to evade because as aforementioned, the percentage of getting caught is 50% at least and if your character is desperate to get away, they could try. Afterall, they have committed a crime so they have a good reason to. So, the answer is a YES, it's worth trying.

 

Driving an unregistered vehicle: Driving an unregistered vehicle is an infraction, however, most people remove the plates just so they can do illegal stuff and the police won't be able to find them. Most people will say that it's worth evading but is it really worth evading? It varies, let's say that our character is getting pulled over by the police for not having plates on a car or bike, our character pulls over, the police officer steps out and approaches the vehicle and asks our character for their license and registration. This is the point where our character starts to think whether they should evade or not, but is it really worth evading for a ticket? The answer is YES and NO, it always varies on whether your character is wanted or not because if they are, they will be identified by the police officer and they will be arrested, if they are not wanted but they are about to commit a crime or they are just driving an unregistered vehicle, it's worth playing innocent and either getting away with a verbal warning or a citation rather than evading, which of course will result in a pursuit and there's a risk that your character might get caught.

 

 


 

 

WHAT'S REALISTIC

 

  • Ticket
  • Being armed
  • Wanted
  • Driving without a license
  • Driving a stolen vehicle
  • Driving a vehicle with no registration plates

 

 


 

WHAT'S NOT REALISTIC

 

  • In the mood for a chase

 

The reason why this would be considered as not realistic is because nobody in real life would risk evading the police for fun, at least the normal people as aforementioned. The police know who you are and even if they don't, because you don't have any registration plates on your car, they will find out. It's something that's not worth doing because on an IC perspective, it has a negative impact on a few aspects of your character's life, plus, in the end your character will always be on the run or in jail until he or she gets old and they will never enjoy their life. On an OOC perspective, baiting the cops to chase you is against the rules and it also shows that you are not really here to portray your character realistically but use it for entertainment which is wrong.

 

 


 

TIPS

 

 

Evading videos: People usually record videos of themselves evading to entertain people, that's not wrong as long as it's done properly. Before evading, bare in mind that there are consequences and they will affect your character, so make sure you always have a proper reason to evade the police and not just do it for fun.

 

Consequences: Before performing such actions, you must always keep in mind the impact that they are going to have on your character and whether it's worth it or not, think about the positives and negatives, think about what would you do if you were your character in real life, you will then have your answer.

 

 

 

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doggy bada$$

Pretty good, in-depth guide. I'm surprised I actually went and read all of this even though I'm planning to do legal roleplay. lol

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frostyworks

well done

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Elite

Amazing. I like!

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Chilli943

This guide is very well thought out and may prove useful for many community members. 

It's always good to keep the focus on the roleplay and development of your character, rather than your OOC desires. This guide demonstrates this perfectly, nice job man!

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Dopli

Very good guide!

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Annaah

Nice guide!

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Blackburn

Really thorough guide, it pretty much explains it all, thank you

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Nightmare

Thank you very much,guys!

 

If you believe that anything is missing from this guide, let me know and I will fix it.

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Stamenko

I hate those people who are doing evading videos just for fun and for views lmao. 

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Parcalev

Very nicely done, I prefer pulling over if it wasn't a serious offence, getting a ticket is more realistic instead of evading because you've just passed by red light or failed to yield at stop sign even if you're a criminal.

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JohnnyV

I think evading from the police should be taken more seriously and realistically, you rarely see police chasing other people in real life(personally I never saw them).

The guide makes nice points to where it needs to make and it hits the middle without taking a legal or illegal side. Actually, it takes a side, the realistic one.

 

Good job sir!

 

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Crawler

As long as you have a reason to do so, and it also depends on your character and what you're RP'ing.

If you're just a cop-baiter with an Elegy just because you're a f&f fanboi, then it's wrong.

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Asylo

Holy shit, really thorough. Nice job on the thread, man.

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John Stallion

Straight A. Bravo.

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