Resisting arrest is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $1000 fine. The charge is often tacked onto other charges the accused may be faced with.
However, in Florida, did you know a person has the lawful right to resist arrest if the arresting office was without cause? In fact if the reason for being arrested cannot be proved in court then the tag on charge of “Resisting Arrest” can be dismissed.
There are many times when police officers operate in an over aggressive manner. Such circumstances often lead to resting arrest charges brought against the accused.
Did the arresting officer advise the accused of why he/she was being arrested?
Was the accused even aware that the arresting officer was in fact a police office? When an officer is in plain clothes, undercover or off duty, it is unclear whether this person is an actual police officer or not.
There are many ways to defend resisting arrest charges. Michael T. Rabideau is a dedicated criminal defense attorney who can help you with your case. To schedule a free consultation with Michael, call his office today: (561) 820-4848