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What is the penalty for running from the police on foot in pennsylvania

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  1. This is right out of the Criminal Code:

    5126. Flight to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment.
    (a) Offense defined.--A person who willfully conceals
    himself or moves or travels within or outside this Commonwealth
    with the intent to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment
    commits a felony of the third degree when the crime which he has
    been charged with or has been convicted of is a felony and
    commits a misdemeanor of the second degree when the crime which
    he has been charged with or has been convicted of is a
    misdemeanor.

    1103. Sentence of imprisonment for felony.
    Except as provided in 42 Pa.C.S. § 9714 (relating to
    sentences for second and subsequent offenses), a person who has
    been convicted of a felony may be sentenced to imprisonment as
    follows:
    (1) In the case of a felony of the first degree, for a
    term which shall be fixed by the court at not more than 20
    years.
    (2) In the case of a felony of the second degree, for a
    term which shall be fixed by the court at not more than ten
    years.
    (3) In the case of a felony of the third degree, for a
    term which shall be fixed by the court at not more than seven
    years.

    1104. Sentence of imprisonment for misdemeanors.
    A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor may be
    sentenced to imprisonment for a definite term which shall be
    fixed by the court and shall be not more than:
    (1) Five years in the case of a misdemeanor of the first
    degree.
    (2) Two years in the case of a misdemeanor of the second
    degree.
    (3) One year in the case of a misdemeanor of the third
    degree.

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