Understanding Resisting Arrest
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Resisting arrest is a form of obstructing justice without violence. It can include any actions taken by a person to prevent someone in law enforcement, as well as a probation or parole officer, from carrying out their duties. Because of the general aspects of the crime, it is possible for charges of resisting arrest to be made without any apparent reason. Most cases of resisting arrest are changed as misdemeanors.
Sentencing for a conviction in a misdemeanor case can include:
- Up to one year in jail
- A fine
Depending on your past criminal history, you may also be eligible for a diversion program. Once you have completed this program, your case will be dismissed.
Felony resisting arrest is a much more serious offense that usually involves violence. These cases are punishable by incarceration in a state prison for as many as five years.
Why You Need a Criminal Attorney on Your Side
Many times resisting arrest will be added to other criminal accusations to build up a case against a defendant. If you have been charged with resisting arrest, speak with a West Palm Beach criminal attorney at The Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr. as soon as possible.
My name is Phillip Ridolfo, Jr. and I am an experienced criminal defense attorney that has been in practice for nearly 25 years. I will conduct a thorough review of your case and work to lessen your charges. If the allegations are unsubstantiated or your rights have been violated, I will vigorously pursue a case dismissal.
Law enforcement has been known to charge a person with resisting arrest for dubious reasons, such as asking a question, verbally challenging a police order or being uncooperative in any capacity.
As a West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney, my objective is to achieve a favorable outcome to this legal matter, and will work efficiently and effectively to that end - (561) 475-2752