Charged with Resisting Arrest in Fort Lauderdale?
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When one is arrested by law enforcement, they may not realize until much later that a charge of "resisting without violence" or "resisting with violence" has been added to the list of offenses. This can be very serious as it may increase the penalties you face if convicted.
Almost any action taken by an individual being arrested could be evaluated as resisting arrest, particularly if you are completely taken by surprise when arrested. If you argue, you can be charged with resisting arrest without violence. If you struggle or get physical, the charge can be increased to resisting with violence.
What penalties are you facing?
Charges of resisting arrest can add serious time to any penalty you are facing on other charges. Resisting arrest without violence is classed as a first-degree misdemeanor.
Penalties may also include:
- Jail sentence of up to 1 year
- Significant fines
If the officer involved feels that violence was involved, the charge becomes a third-degree felony.
The penalties increase to the following:
- Imprisonment for up to 5 years
- Probation for up to 5 years
- Fines that cost up to $5, 000
Usually, these charges are added on to other criminal charges one is facing, but can have a serious impact on your court proceedings. Not only are you charged with a criminal offense, it appears that you resisted arrest. This can alter the perception of you in a negative way.
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Resisting an arrest without violence, however, may still result in criminal penalties. For a first time offender, they may face a maximum penalty of one year in jail, probation, and a required fine. If you are facing this charge or other criminal charges, the legal team at our firm offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case and help you to determine how to move forward with your defense. There are many cases in which the charges are dismissed, based on the hard work and dedication of the outstanding legal team at Hager & Schwartz, P.A.
Don't look any further for superior legal defense; call our criminal lawyers in Fort Lauderdale today and we can discuss your case during your free consultation.