A person who has been charged with resisting an officer in Florida with or without violence is usually facing other criminal charges. Prosecutors will use allegations of such conduct to seek longer terms of incarceration for alleged offenders.
While these types of crimes may not be the most serious charges a person is facing, they can reduce the likelihood of an alleged offender being offered any type of diversion program. When officers suffer any type of injuries, prosecutors will more aggressively pursue prison sentences.
If you have been accused of resisting an officer in South Florida, you will want to make sure that you have highly skilled legal counsel. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. defends clients in such communities as Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Greenacres, Delray Beach, Wellington, and many more.
Our Palm Beach County resisting arrest attorneys will fight to have your charges reduced or possibly even completely dismissed. You can have us review your case during a free, confidential consultation by calling (561) 283-3259 today.
There are two different charges relating to resisting an officer. For the purposes of these statutes, an officer is defined as being any of the following:
The specific criminal offense a person may be charged with will be one of the following:
First-time offenders may be eligible for probation, but many people—including those with criminal histories or previous convictions relating to resisting an officer—can be more likely to face imprisonment and fines if convicted. Depending on the specific charge, the consequences may include:
Even if an alleged offender does receive probation, a conviction will still result in a criminal record that can create additional problems for an alleged offender in regards to employment, loans, or housing. An experienced lawyer can help work to get the best possible outcome with the fewest long-term consequences.
Many of these types of cases rely strictly on the testimony of the arresting officer. It is critical for an alleged offender to have a knowledgeable attorney who can fully investigate the arrest and possibly use strong defenses that may include, but are not limited to:
Were you recently charged with resisting an officer in South Florida? You should seek legal representation as soon as possible to make sure the court hears your side of the story.
Meltzer & Bell, P.A. defends clients in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Royal Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Riviera Beach, and many surrounding areas. Our West Palm Beach resisting arrest attorneys will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (561) 283-3259 to schedule a free consultation.