Resisting Arrest

Defense Lawyer for Resisting Arrest in Phoenix

Have You Been Charged with Evading Law Enforcement?

Resisting arrest is a criminal offense that involves an individual who resists a lawsuit arrest by a law enforcement officer. Although resisting confinement can be a natural reaction, doing so can result in serious criminal charges that range from low priority misdemeanors to serious felonies, depending on the circumstances involved.

Charged with resisting arrest? Contact Knowles Law Firm, PLC for a FREE case evaluation.

Under Arizona law (ARS § 13-2508), an individual can face resisting arrest charges if:

  • They use or threaten to use physical force against a law enforcement officer.
  • They create a substantial risk of causing injury to a law enforcement officer.
  • They engage in passive resistance.

In most cases, resisting arrest becomes an additional charge prosecuted with other underlying criminal charges. When this happens, defendants may face enhancements that can result in steeper fines and longer terms of imprisonment.

It is also important to note that the resisting arrest statute is written and often interpreted broadly. This means certain actions - such as simply pulling away from an officer - can result in resisting arrest charges. Given the varying nature of this charge and the difficulties that come with police - civilian interactions, it is best to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side to guide you through the legal process and protect your future.

Charged with Resisting Arrest in Phoenix?

Attorney Anthony Knowles is a former criminal prosecutor with over 20 years of experience defending the freedoms and futures of individuals charged with all types of crimes. If you or someone you love has been charged with resisting arrest - especially if other criminal charges are involved - you can feel confident about placing your case in the hands of Attorney Knowles and our award-winning Phoenix criminal lawyers.

Knowles Law Firm, PLC offers FREE and confidential case evaluations throughout Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas of Arizona.
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