Getting arrested is a stressful experience. It is understandable to not fully understand the process or make poor decisions under this kind of distress. Resisting arrest, however, is a chargeable crime and it takes less than you think. You may have a possible defense in court if you feel you were being falsely accused of a crime, arrested unjustly and/or you were simply acting in self-defense to an unlawful action by a peace officer. To be convicted of resisting arrest, the prosecution must prove you willfully resisted, obstructed or delayed a police officer, peace officer or EMT from performing their duty. Peace officers are not just police officers; they can be other law enforcement officers like a sheriff, a port officer, a court marshal, a fire marshal, a corrections officer or any public officer who's duty it is to enforce a law. If you willfully prevent or delay one of these officers from performing their duty, you could be charged with resisting arrest. Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor charge in California, carrying with it potential jail time up to one year and potential fines up to $1000. Because resisting arrest can be a misunderstood charge even on the part of peace officers and law enforcement officials, having an experienced criminal defense attorney help you with your case can ensure you are not being convicted simply because of an officer's ignorance or negligence. If you or a loved one has recently been arrested and are being charged with resisting arrest, call experienced criminal defense attorney Christopher Martens today for expert counsel.
At The Law Offices of Christopher Martens, we can listen to your story and help you prepare a strategic defense to ensure you the best possible outcome for your case. Contact our offices at 559-967-7386 or email us at [email protected] to discuss a possible plan of action for your case.