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Accused of Resisting Arrest in Ohio? Call LHA Right Away. Free Consults: (614) 500-3836.

To be charged with resisting arrest, you must, recklessly or by force, resist or interfere with your own lawful arrest or someone else’s. You will receive harsher penalties if you do any of the following while in the process:

  • Cause physical harm to a police officer, whether or not a deadly weapon was used
  • Brandish a deadly weapon

Nearly every day in central Ohio people are charged with resisting arrest.  Depending on the severity of the allegations, resisting arrest charges can range from a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail to a fourth degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison.

If you are convicted of resisting arrest, additional potential issues include:

  • Maintaining your current employment
  • Licensure issues in some professions
  • Difficulty getting a good job in the future
  • Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings

Simply put, if you are convicted of resisting arrest, it will be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who is unable to respect those who enforce the law in the State of Ohio. Therefore, it is critical that you give your resisting arrest charge the level of importance it deserves.

The Columbus resisting arrest attorneys at LHA take an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with resisting arrest. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police made, whether your arrest was lawful and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.

We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review

Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.

If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.

For nearly ten years, our Columbus resisting arrest lawyers have successfully represented clients charged with resisting arrest. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.

Are you in trouble? Contact our Columbus resisting arrest attorneys

If you’ve been charged with resisting arrest, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at (614) 500-3836 or via email at [email protected].

Penalties

General Penalties
This is a misdemeanor of the second degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A jail sentence of up to 90 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $750
Physical harm caused to a police officer, no deadly weapon
This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A jail sentence of up to 180 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $1,000
Deadly weapon brandished or used to harm a police officer
This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $5,000

Frequently Asked Questions

If I think an arrest is unlawful, do I have the right to resist?
In general, it’s best not to resist arrest. You should ask to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, however, if you have any suspicion of foul play.

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