Were You Accused Of Resisting Arrest?
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 & Associates, 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. He and our other defense attorneys know how the police operate and how to defend people against these kinds of charges.
Mr. Cohen’s prosecutorial background includes trying cases in the courtroom. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, our trial lawyers do 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.
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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.
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.
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