If you interfere with an officer's attempt to conduct a lawful arrest, whether it's your own arrest or the arrest of someone else, you could be charged with resisting arrest. Many people associate resisting arrest with physical efforts to prevent an arrest from occurring. However, you can also be charged with resisting arrest for allegedly using deceptive means against an officer, running away from an officer, or providing an officer with false information.
What many people don't realize is that resisting arrest will result in two separate criminal charges: charges for resisting arrest and charges for the original crime(s) committed. Furthermore, if you assaulted or harmed a police officer during the arrest, you will be charged with assaulting a peace officer.
All of these charges are very serious legal matters that will result in numerous penalties upon conviction. Because you are already facing criminal charges for a separate crime, resisting arrest will lead to an enhancement of your penalties. Furthermore, if you assaulted a police officer you will face felony charges, which will lead to an even larger increase in your penalties. Common penalties for resisting arrest include stiff fines, many hours of community service, restitution to the victim (if applicable), and time in jail or prison.
Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney Andre Sailers Can Help
Have you been charged with resisting arrest in Atlanta? If so, you must hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away. Law enforcement officials and prosecutors do not take well to people who interfere with their ability to do their job. You will need an attorney who can reason with these people, and negotiate for a reduction or even a dismissal of your charges. Attorney Sailers has defended clients facing charges for resisting arrest, and can protect your best interest throughout your case.
Atlanta criminal lawyer Andre Sailers will sit down with you to answer your questions, inform you of your options, and discuss the best legal approach to your case. In the courtroom, he will stand up for your rights and question whether or not the arresting officer had probable cause to arrest you in the first place. Above all, Attorney Sailers main priority is helping you fight your criminal charges, whatever they may be, so you have the freedom to continue living your life.