Any time you obstruct a police duty or process, you may be charged with resisting arrest. This is a catch-all criminal accusation that can be levied against someone even if he or she does not use any violence to obstruct the officer. At The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen, we offer vigorous, knowledgeable and skilled defense against resisting arrest and a broad spectrum of other criminal charges.
A defense to resisting an officer without violence is that the officer did not have the lawful authority to make the arrest. If that is the case, you can lawfully resist without violence.
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We Defend Against Criminal Charges Involving All Types of Officers
The events leading up to and during an arrest can be chaotic. Things can get physical to the point of the arrestee suffering serious injuries, only to discover that he or she is being charged with battery of the:
- Law enforcement officer
- Correctional officer
- Correctional probation officer
- Auxiliary law enforcement officer
- Auxiliary correctional officer
- County probation officer
Examples of Resisting Arrest
Examples of resisting an officer arrest include:
- A person being handcuffed and pulling an arm away
- A person touching an officer in any way during an investigation
- A person running from police when they are seeking to ask him or her about an investigation even if that person is not a suspect in a crime
- A person involved in a domestic violence matter who is arguing with the police
You can see from the above examples why many people are surprised that they have been arrested for resisting arrest or obstructing justice when they believe that they have done nothing wrong. The trouble is that a conviction on a charge of resisting an officer carries serious consequences such as a high fine, potential jail time and an arrest record that can make it hard to get a job.
Resisting an officer without violence is a misdemeanor, while resisting with violence is a felony.
Potential penalties for resisting without violence include one year in the county jail, a $1,000 fine and
one year of supervised probation.
If you are charged with resisting with violence, the penalties go up to five years in state prison, a $5,000 fine and
five years of supervised probation.
Get Representation From Someone Who Has Worked Both Sides of a Courtroom
We have built a strong record of success defending clients charged with resisting arrest and other crimes. Our lead trial lawyer, Corey I. Cohen, is a former prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office who knows how the police operate and how to defend people against these kinds of charges, which are often tacked onto an arrest to make the situation even more serious.
His prosecutorial background includes trying cases in the courtroom. As a criminal defense attorney, he does not shy away from trial. In many cases, litigation provides the best outcome for clients facing battery of a law enforcement officer. The process allows us to cross-examine police officers to find out what truly happened. We can help you understand the legal process and provide you with reassurance and a sound, strong legal defense against serious criminal charges.
Contact The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen
We give every new criminal defense client a free, confidential initial consultation. We offer reasonable rates, accept credit cards and can make payment plan arrangements. Se habla español.
Contact us today — so we can start working on your defense.
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