Resisting Arrest

Resisting Arrest

Aggressive Criminal Defense for those being charged with Resisting Arrest

If you are being charged with Resisting Arrest or Obstruction then you require the services of an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to help you beat the charges.  Criminal lawyer Antonio D. Quinn Esq. has extensive experience in representing clients who are being charge with Resisting Arrest and will fight to protect your Constitutional rights.  In the state of Florida, obstructing an officer an resisting arrest are charged under the same statute and have the same penalties.  Police officers in South Florida are very quick to charge individuals with obstructing justice or the more serious felony of resisting arrest with violence when they try to exercise their Constitutionally protected right to be free from unreasonable police conduct.  Police officers frequently charge individuals under the resisting arrest statute when they become angry or frustrated with a person and are not able to charge them with anything else.  If you are being charged with resisting arrest or obstruction, contact Quinn Law, P.A. immediately so that criminal attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. can use his experience and knowledge to defend you against your charges. 

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Resisting Arrest with Violence and Resisting Arrest without Violence

In Florida, the biggest difference between resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence is that resisting arrest with violence is a felony while resisting arrest without violence is a misdemeanor. 

For an individual to be charged with resisting arrest without violence the following criteria must be met:

  1. The police officer must be performing a lawful police duty.
  2. The individual must be aware that the person was a police officer.
  3. The individual's conduct must have materially affected the police officer's ability to perform a lawful police function.

If it is alleged that the individual used violence during the course of resisting the officer then the person can be charged with resisting arrest with violence which is a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in state prison.  If you are facing resisting arrest charges, it is crucial that you contact Quinn Law, PA as soon as possible so that Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. can work to ensure that you are facing misdemeanor instead of felony charges.

Common Defenses for Resisting Arrest and Obstruction Charges

Police often improperly charge individuals with obstruction and resisting arrest.  An aggressive and experienced attorney can fight to get these charges dismissed.  Common defenses to resisting arrest an obstruction include:

  • The police officer was undercover and failed to properly identify themselves as a police officer.
  • The client's actions did not impede the law enforcement officer's ability to perform a lawful function.
  • The officer was not acting in a lawful capacity.

If any of the above applies to your case then Attorney Quinn will fight to get your charges dismissed.  To schedule a case evaluation with a criminal defense lawyer who has forged a reputation for being aggressive in cases of police misconduct, contact the Ft. Lauderdale office of Quinn Law, P.A. at (954) 463-0440.

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