Resisting arrest happens when you willfully obstruct, resist or delay a law enforcement officer or an emergency medical technician from performing the duties required by their job.
Examples of resisting arrest are:
- Attempting to run when being arrested by a law enforcement officer
- Refusing to stay still while being handcuffed
- Attempting to take weapons from an officer
- Swearing at officers
What Will Happen If I Am Convicted Of Resisting Arrest?
Resisting arrest charges carry life changing consequences and harsh punishments. Penalties you may face for resisting arrest include:
- Up to six months in a county jail
- Fines of up to $1,000
If a weapon was involved, the penalties are more substantial:
- One to five years in state prison
- A fine of up to $10,000
What If I Was Wrongfully Charged With Resisting Arrest?
It is not uncommon for people to be charged in error for resisting arrest. There are many individual circumstances that surround a resisting arrest charge, and The Defenders realize that you may have been wrongfully charged. We are committed to analyzing all of the evidence in your case, and will help you build the best defense possible.
- The officer in your case may have neglected to follow proper arrest protocol
- You used reasonable force to defend yourself against an officer who used physical harm on you
- You were falsely accused of resisting arrest by an officer who was intent on revenge
Being convicted of resisting arrest could cost you the loss of your job, and incarceration could make it difficult for you to support your family or yourself. Don’t let this charge ruin your life. Call The Defenders today and learn what your legal options are. We will do everything in our power to get the charges levied against you reduced or dismissed.