Resisting Arrest & Obstructing Justice Charges
Experienced Western Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney
When a police officer pulls you over or approaches you on the street, you are expected to behave politely. Although you may still exercise your constitutional rights, if they consider that you are obstructing or resisting, you could be charged with a crime.
Law enforcement takes their duties very seriously and if they believe you are in their way, you could be facing felony charges and strict penalties. At Blanchard Law, our Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyers understand what is at risk when you have been charged with this crime and we are here to defend you.
Contact our firm now at (616) 244-2234 to learn more about how we can help.
What Is Resisting & Obstructing?
Also known as resisting arrest, resisting and obstructing isn't simply voicing a disagreement with being arrested. Resisting and obstructing involves violent behavior towards a police officer and fighting back against them. Violence against law enforcement is not taken lightly and they are not likely to go easy on you in court if you do not have proper representation to advocate for you.
Additionally, this law does not only apply to police officers. It also includes other civil professionals, such as parole and probation officers, judges, and prosecutors. Our Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyers are here to ensure that your rights are not violated and that you are given a fair chance to trial, despite being charged with a crime against law enforcement.
The actions which may be considered resisting and obstructing include:
- Endangering safety
- Obstructing justice
This may include any type of harmful behavior or the threat or attempt of harmful behavior. You could even be charged with resisting and obstructing for yelling threatening words, even if you never laid your hands on the individual.
Consequences of a Resisting or Obstructing Conviction
The exact penalties you face for a conviction depend on the nature of the alleged offense and how much harm was caused. You could be facing up to two years imprisonment and fines of up to $2,000 if the charge did not involve physical harm. If you allegedly injured someone or caused a serious impairment of bodily function, the penalties can be much more severe.
Remember that you have the right to remain silent until your
Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer is present.
Call our firm now at (616) 244-2234 to discuss your options.