Tustin Resisting Arrest Defense Lawyers
Charged with Resisting Arrest Charges? Turn to Former Prosecutors
If you’ve been charged with a felony or misdemeanor resisting arrest, it’s important to know that there are a number of effective defenses to these offenses. In order for someone to be found guilty, for example, the officer must have been acting lawfully, and must not have used excessive force. A skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney can flip the script and make it seem like the officer is on trial instead of you. Law Offices of Visco & Selyem can provide the high-powered defense you need. As former prosecutors turned top-rated defense attorneys, we have successfully handled thousands of cases. We can give you the edge your defense case needs.
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Resisting Arrest Charges & Sentencing in California
In California, there are two different “resisting arrest” charges. Penal Code section 148(a)(1) is a misdemeanor. A person is sometimes arrested and charged with this crime for doing anything contrary to the officer’s instructions—even asking questions of the officer. Of course, fighting, delaying, and obstructing a peace officer’s duties can also be charged under this statute. Prosecutors take these charges seriously, sometimes for the purpose of protecting a police officer from an excessive force lawsuit. This can be a nightmare scenario for an accused
Resisting arrest can also be charged as a felony under Penal Code section 69. While P.C. 69 requires that a person use or threaten “force” upon an officer, there are a wide variety of opinions regarding what actually constitutes force.
If convicted of felony resisting arrest, this very serious situation could mean:
- A felony on your record
- Up to 3 years in prison
- Loss of employment and professional licensing
At Law Offices of Visco & Selyem, we have significant experience dealing with resisting arrest charges. If you’ve been arrested or charged with a felony or misdemeanor resisting, we can help you. Our former prosecutors would be honored to provide you with the strongest defense possible, fighting for your rights, freedom, and future.
Contact us at (714) 908-9080 today to schedule a free consultation, or fill out our online form.