Resisting Arrest Charges in Florida
Were You Charged With Resisting Arrest? Do You Feel That the Cops Should Not Have Arrested You?
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Charges of resisting arrest come with serious penalties. Of course, matters are made worse because these charges are rarely filed on their own. If you have been charged with this crime, it is because of the actions you took while being arrested for another crime.
At The Umansky Law Firm, our Orlando criminal attorneys have the experience to defend against multiple charges, attacking the most severe first in our pursuit of a positive outcome. The fact that you attempted to resist your arrest does not change the fact that you deserve a second chance, and we are here to help you get it. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. We serve clients in Orlando and throughout Central Florida.
What You Need to Know About Resisting Arrest
- What law enforcement says Resisting Arrest is
- Consequences of Resisting Arrest
- Resolving Your Resisting Arrest Charges
Did You Resist Arrest Non-Violently or Violently?
There are two resisting arrest charges: resisting arrest without violence and resisting arrest with violence. Charges of resisting arrest without violence may have been filed against you because you ran away from the police or attempted to hide. Charges of resisting arrest with violence are typically filed because you allegedly used violence in your attempt to evade arrest. If you are accused of attacking a police officer in the process of resisting, you may also be charged with assault or battery on a law enforcement officer.
When you hear the word resistant, what does that mean? Some examples are typically, this is the result of:
- Refusal to sign a citation
- Refusal to put your hands behind your back
- Not listening to the law enforcement instructions to exit a roadway, exit your vehicle, or exit your car
Resisting can mean a lot of things. In fact, the word resisting is up to what the police officer wants it to be. A case occurred in Orlando where a guy was having a fight with his girlfriend and he got aggravated and started running in and out of traffic. The police told him to get out of the street so he wouldn't hurt himself or interfere with traffic. He refused, and sat down in the middle of the street. He was a danger to himself and to other people, so the cops arrested him.
Defense Against Resisting Arrest and All Related Charges
In order to be charged with resisting arrest, the police usually have attempted to arrest you for something. You may have also been charged with a:
- Drug offense
- Theft, burglary or fraud charge
- Sex crime
- Domestic violence
In DWI/DUI and traffic violations there is a similar offense, called fleeing and eluding. Our criminal defense lawyers can also defend against this charge.
There are some cases where someone's been arrested for resisting without violence more than one time. If it's a repeat offense, it's possible that the individual could be looking at jail time. Usually, when there are cases where someone has gotten arrested repeatedly for resisting arrest, this may be an indication that there is a problem with authority. For instance, if it's your first brush with the law and you get arrested for resisting arrest without violence, many times it's really the police officer's issue, not the individual's issue. Very simply, maybe the cop is having a bad day.
If someone has been charged with a first time offense for resisting arrest without violence, in most counties, he is usually looking at a diversion or intervention program. If you've never been arrested before and charged of any crime, in most cases, if the police or cop agrees to it, you'll probably be eligible for the first offender program. The first offender program will get the charge dropped.
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