Whenever an individual attempts to prevent a law enforcement officer from carrying out or enforcing his or her authorized duty, he or she can be charged with resisting arrest. Resisting arrest is a serious offense that carries stiff penalties.
Many times, individuals are accused of resisting arrest even though they were cooperating. If you have been the victim of exaggerated police claims, contact a West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer.
Palm Beach County Lawyer for Resisting Arrest
Andrew D. Stine proudly represents individuals who have been arrested for resisting arrest in Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and the surrounding areas. As a tenacious defense lawyer, Stine has the vigor and aggression necessary to have you acquitted of the charges against you.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 and set up a free consultation on your charges for resisting arrest. During your consultation we will review the facts of your case and give you an accurate assessment on what we can do for you.
Overview on Resisting Arrest in Florida
- Definition of Resisting Arrest
- Types of Resisting Arrest
- Penalties for Resisting Arrest
- Defense Options for Individuals Charged with Resisting Arrest in West Palm Beach
Resisting arrest is the willful resistance or obstruction of an officer, who is in the process of executing a legal duty. An officer can be a parole officer, probation officer, representative of a department of law enforcement, or any person who is legally authorized to execute a legal process.
In Florida, there are two classifications for resisting arrest. These include resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence.
According to Fla. Stat. § 843.01, an individual is guilty of resisting arrest with violence if he or she resists arrest by offering or doing violence to an officer who is in the process of legally enforcing the law. This offense is considered a third degree felony.
Section 843.02 of the Florida Statutes states that an individual who resists, obstructs, or opposes an officer who is attempting to execute a legal process, without offering or doing violence, can be charged with a first degree misdemeanor.
A third degree felony charge for resisting arrest is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. If charged with resisting arrest as a first degree misdemeanor, an individual could face up to a year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.
In some instances individuals who resist arrest can face additional felony charges for assault or battery on a law enforcement officer, in conjunction with resisting arrest charges.
If you have been charged with resisting arrest in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Greenacres, or the surrounding areas, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Stine is a dedicated defense lawyer who will use his knowledge and resources to provide you with an effective defensive strategy.
Contact Andrew Stine today at 561.880.4300 to schedule a consultation. Your initial consultation is free, and it is a critical part of the defense planning process.