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We are your resisting arrest defense attorneys in Florida.
In certain cases of resisting arrest you may be facing 5 years in prison. We understand the stress and total life upheaval that comes with serious criminal charges because we’re people that have been in your shoes.
We also happen to be resisting arrest defense lawyers in Broward county, Dade County and Palm Beach County.
Our Florida criminal defense attorneys will be there when you need us because we know exactly how you are suffering. Before becoming a lawyer, a partner at our firm was wrongfully charged with racketeering. It was not until three years of stress, worry and sleepless nights that he was exonerated.
When you become our client at our firm, you get a partner’s cell phone number. Not an answering service number, his actual cell phone number.
It’s the same number that his mother uses to reach him.
We are your resisting arrest defense lawyers in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade County.
Defining Resisting Arrest
There are two types of resisting arrest under Florida law: with violence and without violence.
Under Florida Statute, 843.01, it is considered a criminal act for a person to knowingly and willfully resist, obstruct, or oppose any law enforcement officer, by committing or offering to commit a violent act. Such acts, if found guilty, are considered a third degree felony.
Under Florida Statute, 843.02, whoever resists, obstructs, or opposes any law enforcement officer officer, who is engaged in their lawful duty, without committing or offering to commit violence. Such acts, if found guilty are considered a first degree misdemeanor.
Penalties for Resisting Arrest in Florida
Florida Statutes classify the charge of Resisting an Officer with Violence as a third degree felony, with penalties of up to 5 years in prison or 5 years of probation, and a $5,000.00 fine.
Florida Statutes classify the charge of Resisting an Officer Without Violence as a first degree misdemeanor, with a penalty punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Whether jail is sought will depend on a number of factors, including the prior criminal record of the accused, the status and preferences of the alleged victim, victim injuries, restitution, and the strength of the prosecution’s case.
Defenses to Resisting Arrest
There are many defenses that our Florida resisting arrest defense lawyers will use to contest a charge of resisting arrest in Florida. Certainly not nearly an exhaustive list, some of the more common defenses include self-defense, unlawful arrest, defense of others, consent or mutual combat, alibis, and lack of intent to touch or strike. Facts and circumstances surrounding your case will likely dictate additional defenses.
We will zealously defend your freedom and rights to the fullest extent of the law.
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Our Florida resisting arrest lawyers serve clients in Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami Dade County, and most other Florida cities and counties.
We handle resisting arrests and charges in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade County and throughout Florida.
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