Resisting arrest occurs when an individual attempts to prevent or hamper a peace officer, or a person acting under the direction of a peace officer, from taking an individual into lawful custody. Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor offense that can lead to penalties that may include fines of up to $4,000, a possible one year jail sentence, community service or anger management courses. If the resistance of arrest included the use of a weapon or an assault was committed, the charge will be moved up to a felony which can mean a lengthy prison sentence. In any event, law enforcement and the prosecution will react harshly toward anyone accused of resisting arrest. In order to protect your rights, it is of vital importance that you contact a proven criminal defense lawyer right away. Our firm will stand-up to zealous police officers and prosecutors and make sure that your rights are aggressively defended.
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At James A. Bullard Jr. P.C., our firm was founded by a former prosecuting attorney giving us a unique insight into how the prosecution works. Our firm has the proven ability to tenaciously defend our clients while simultaneously working with the prosecution seeking a lesser charge or possibly even a dismissal. We will take the time to listen to you and thoroughly investigate your case. There may have been some confusion as to whether or not the officer identified themselves as a police officer. Our firm is well-versed in these cases as well as the proper procedures and protocols police officers need to follow. In these cases, your character and background may also be a factor and our firm understands how to present your case in a favorable manner. We will tirelessly pursue the best possible results for you.
Like any criminal offense, a conviction for resisting arrest, even a misdemeanor conviction, can change your life for years to come. After serving what any court ordered punishment, you are left with a criminal record that can prevent you from obtaining certain jobs, receiving credit or even finding a place to live. At our compassionate firm, we understand that people make mistakes but deserve to move forward with their life. We are determined to help you pursue the best possible result if you have been accused of resisting arrest.