Resisting arrest charges (also known as obstruction of justice) occur when an individual resists or interferes and attempts to prevent a law enforcement officer from performing a lawful arrest. Common behavior leading to this charge has included:
There are two types of crimes, depending on whether the offender used violence:
- Resisting arrest without violence is a misdemeanor crime, it can be punished by up to a year in jail or twelve months of probation and a $1,000 fine.
- Resisting arrest with violence is a felony crime, it can be punished by up to five years in prison or five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.
If you have been charged with resisting arrest, consult with Oldham & Delcamp
This is a serious charge but it can be defended, you just need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. The attorneys of Oldham & Delcamp are former prosecutors, they are familiar with these charges and what factors work in your favor to have them dropped or reduced.
Oldham & Delcamp is a member of the Attorney’s Real Estate Council of Pinellas County, is also currently on the Board of Directors of the Pinellas County Bar Association, and is the former chair of the Real Property section.
When your freedom is on the line, you need an attorney that is aggressive, responsive, and experienced. Oldham & Delcamp is committed to making sure that each of our clients receives the personalized attention of one of our attorneys.