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Has a resisting arrest charge left you confused and concerned?

Interactions with police officers can sometimes feel like complicated affairs. Though you were likely taught from a young age that police officers can help in difficult situations, you may have started to feel uncertain about how to approach an officer as you grew older. Because misunderstandings can occur, you may wonder if you could potentially face criminal charges due to miscommunication or other similar mishaps with police.

One type of situation that you may feel especially concerned with relates to resisting arrest. The actions that qualify as resisting could range from small actions to violent ones, and they could also sometimes depend on the views of the arresting officer. Therefore, you may feel that such an allegation may not suit your particular situation.

Physical force

One of the most common ways that a charge of resisting arrest could come about relates to using physical actions to prevent an officer from making an arrest. These actions may include struggling against an officer who attempts to place you in handcuffs, pushing or striking an officer, or carrying out any other actions that could potentially pose a risk of injury to an officer.

Even making verbal threats of physical force could fall under resisting arrest. If you state that you intend to use physical means to prevent an officer from taking you into custody, you could face an additional charge.

Passive actions

An officer could also bring resisting arrest charges against you even if you do not use violent or aggressive means. If you provide false information to an officer, such as giving him or her the wrong name, that act could impede the officer's ability to make an arrest. Additionally, if you go limp or refuse to cooperate, your passive actions could fall into the category of resisting arrest.

Defending against charges

In some cases, you may feel that the resisting arrest allegations did not apply to your situation. An officer may have considered your actions resisting while you did not, and because this type of situation can sometimes have blurred lines, you may have the ability to create a strong defense that your actions did not intentionally impede the arrest.

Additionally, if you used physical force or other actions as a means of self-defense due to excessive force on the part of the arresting officer, you may have the ability to use that as part of your defense presentation as well.

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