According to California Penal Code Section 148(a), also referred to as resisting arrest, makes it a crime to willfully resist, delay, or obstructing an officer or an emergency medical technician while he or she is engaged in the performance of his or her duties.
Resisting arrest often occurs when an officer is trying to put someone under arrest and the person physically struggles with the officer resisting the arrest.
This crime is charged as a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1000 and a possibility of probation.
Avoiding a Conviction
It is important to fight these charges as they can result in financial hardship, loss of jobs, and incarceration. Our criminal lawyers have a combined 75 years of experience and have handled a number of resisting arrest cases and have seen great results.
There are defenses that we may and will assert on your behalf if you are facing resisting arrest charges. If the arrest was unlawful, meaning that the officer was under no duty to perform the arrest, then you can not be guilty of resisting arrest.
Also, if the officer was using excessive force in conducting the arrest and you physically struggled the arrest, you may have been using self defense rather than committing the misdemeanor of resisting arrest.
Our resisting arrest defense attorneys will investigate your charges and pinpoint any misconduct or ambiguities that we may be able to assert as a defense. We are here to be your advocate!
Contact Our Law Firm for Help
Many resisting arrest charges carry other charges such as DUI, domestic violence, drug crimes, and so forth. This is why it is that much more important to retain an aggressive defense attorney. We have handled thousands of criminal cases and are well known and well respected by judges and prosecutors throughout Los Angeles which can be beneficial to our clients.
If you or someone you know is facing charges of resisting arrest, contact our the Hedding Law Firm today so we can begin investigating the charges against you.