During an arrest, individuals often and possibly unintentionally take a step back, start running or pull away from the arresting officer. Any movement that could be taken as an attempt to obstruct an arrest can constitute the criminal charge of resisting arrest with or without violence. Law enforcement can even unlawfully charge individuals with resisting arrest.
In many cases, the incident leading to the resisting arrest charge is caught on video and this evidence can be used to prove your innocence. At other times, law enforcement will be the only witnesses to these crimes. Sometimes, our firm can hold law enforcement accountable for their unlawful behavior by filing complaints or civil lawsuits.
If you are facing charges of resisting arrest, we can help. Contact The Wiseman Law Firm immediately for a free consultation. If you are charged with resisting, you will likely also be charged with another crime which caused you to be arrested. It is important to fight the other charge aggressively and can lead to the resisting charge, and sometimes both charges, getting dismissed.
All of the following may form the basis for a resisting without violence charge in Florida:
A resisting arrest without violence charge is a first degree misdemeanor whereas resisting arrest with violence is a third degree felony.
If you are found guilty of a first degree misdemeanor you can face up to a year in jail, 1 year probation and a $1,000 fine. If you are charged with a third degree felony, you may face imprisonment up to 5 years, 5 years of probation or a $5,000 fine.
It is imperative you hire a knowledgeable criminal attorney immediately to defend your charges. You need a lawyer who has experience defending these charges and who is willing to go to trial if needed to defend your rights.
The Wiseman Law Firm works day in and out to fight for our clients’ constitutional rights. We have years of experience in this field. We will review every aspect of your case, leave no stone unturned, and zealously represent you.
We represent people all across Orlando, Tampa, Kissimmee, Disney area, Miami, Jacksonville, Seminole County, Orange County, UCF area, Windermere. Contact us immediately so we can help aggressively defend you.
Call (407) 708-9127 today for a free consultation.