Wilton Resisting Arrest Lawyer
Interfering with an officer or resisting arrest is a serious crime in Wilton and one that deserves a carefully considered defense strategy. Working with a knowledgeable Wilton resisting arrest lawyer could protect your record and your future.
When Do Police Charge Interfering with an Officer?
On TV, people resisting arrest are often shown taking deliberate and often violent action. In real life, however, it can take very little for a police officer to decide someone is resisting arrest or interfering with an officer. Even purely verbal abuse may be enough to trigger a charge.
Resisting arrest is often charged when police are called to the scene of alleged domestic violence. Actions such as swinging arms around, kicking, pushing, or spitting may be charged as resisting arrest. A Wilton resisting arrest attorney could look for evidence to demonstrate that conduct did not rise to a level that could be considered interference. To learn more about domestic violence related arrests, click here.
What is Interfering with an Officer?
The crime of resisting arrest is detailed in Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) §53a-167a as “interfering with an officer.”
Resisting arrest charges stem out of situations where an individual obstructs, hinders, resists, or endangers a peace officer, special policeman, motor vehicle inspector, or firefighter while they are performing their duties:
A Wilton resisting arrest lawyer could gather evidence to demonstrate the conduct in a situation did not interfere with an officer’s duties and therefore the charge is not warranted.
Is Interfering with an Officer a Misdemeanor or Felony?
Resisting arrest can be charge by Wilton police as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.
If the actions result in serious physical injury or death, then interfering with an officer is considered a Class D felony. This level of felony carries the potential for up to five years in jail and / or up to a $5,000 fine.
When there is no serious physical injury or death, resisting arrest is prosecuted as a Class A misdemeanor, carrying penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
Work with an Experienced Wilton Resisting Arrest Attorney
The additional consequences that come along with a criminal record are often even worse than the statutory penalties. The stigma of a criminal conviction can interfere with job prospects, housing situations, and even personal relationships for years to come.
When you work with a skilled Wilton resisting arrest lawyer, you gain a legal advocate who can provide advice and stand by you every step of the way. In many cases, your attorney can speak on your behalf, putting their experience and knowledge to work. Check out what past clients have to say about working with us here. For a consultation to learn more about the advantages of working with a defense lawyer, call Mark Sherman Law.