Juvenile Misdemeanor Obstruction of Justice & Resisting Arrest

Juvenile Misdemeanor ChargeAny arrest is an intimidating and stressful experience. For juveniles, however, being arrested can be extremely frightening and teens often have no idea what to do next. Whether a person is 15 years old or 55, it’s against the law to make any attempt to resist arrest. When a juvenile fails to follow the directions of an arresting officer and refuses to comply with their instructions, they can be charged with resisting arrest.

If your child is facing criminal charges and has also been charged with resisting arrest, it’s essential to immediately contact an attorney. Partnering with the right lawyer is going to help your child build a strong defense. The Umansky Law Firm is a trusted source of legal representation for juveniles and their families in Central Florida.

What is Obstruction of Justice/Resisting Arrest?

Obstruction of justice is when a person takes specific actions to interfere with a judicial proceeding. This includes obstructing the actions of a:

  • Police officer
  • Judge
  • Government official
  • Prosecutor
  • …and more

Resisting arrest includes interfering with an officer’s attempt to place you under arrest. Charges for resisting arrest are decided at the discretion of the arresting officer. Anyone who argues with a police officer over their arrest or attempts to run from the officer could be charged with resisting arrest without violence. If the individual uses force or attempts to injure the police officer who is making the arrest, they can be charged with resisting arrest with violence.

What are Common Juvenile Penalties for Obstruction of Justice?

Charges for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest can be difficult to defend because they’re purely based on the officer’s observations and interaction with the suspect. However, a knowledgeable defense attorney can investigate the case and the actions of both the police officer and the individual facing charges to build a solid defense. 

Common juvenile penalties for resisting arrest in Florida include:

  • Up to 1 year of incarceration
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to 1 year of probation

If your child is confused because they were not involved in a crime but are being charged with resisting arrest, we can help. Any person who interferes with a police officer can be charged with resisting arrest. We can create a defense that will work to mitigate the charges and possible penalties.

Viable Defense Strategies for Juvenile’s Resisting Arrest

It can be difficult to defend resisting arrest because it’s often an ambiguous charge. However, attorneys with The Umansky Law Firm have years of experience challenging these charges, which are often tacked on to more serious charges, and are often charged over minor actions.

Common defenses for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest charges include:

  • Unlawful arrest
  • Self-defense
  • False allegations
  • Officer did not identify him or herself

As a law firm that wants to help your child win their second chance, we will take the time to get to know them and walk you and your child through the entire criminal process. We want you to understand what’s happening every step of the way and will go above and beyond to help you feel comfortable and prepared for your court appearances.

Top-Rated Central Florida Juvenile Defense Attorneys

If your child is facing charges for obstruction of justice or resisting arrest, the attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm are here for you. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we work diligently to win you the best results possible. Attorney William D. Umansky has experience as a former prosecutor and believes that no one’s life should be defined by a minor lapse in judgment.

Don’t let your life be defined by a single mistake. Our personalized services are designed so your case receives the attention it deserves. To schedule a free consultation, call 407-228-3838 or fill out our online contact form today. We’re here for you.