Resisting arrest, also known as obstruction, can result in significant consequences.
If you face resisting arrest charges, you are in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you fight for your rights.
What Is Resisting Arrest?
In Ohio, it is illegal to resist or interfere with a police officer’s ability to make a lawful arrest. Prosecutors can charge resisting arrest as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case.
An individual who runs or hides from a law enforcement officer will likely be charged with a misdemeanor offense, while more aggressive forms of resistance, such as violent or threatening behavior, will likely result in felony resisting arrest charges.
Proving Resisting Arrest Charges
To convict a defendant accused of resisting arrest, the prosecutor must establish that they intentionally attempted to prevent law enforcement officers from completing a lawful arrest.
The prosecutor must produce evidence of the defendant’s resistance. For example, they could show that the defendant ran and/or hid from officers or otherwise prevented the arrest. Prosecutors must also prove that the arrest was lawful.
Punishment for Resisting Arrest in Ohio
If you are charged with resisting arrest, the penalty in Ohio will depend on the specific facts of your case and the specific charge. The penalty for resisting arrest increases if the charges include violence against the officers or the use of a weapon.
A misdemeanor resisting arrest charge is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000. A felony resisting arrest conviction can result in 6 to 18 months in prison and/or fines of up to $5,000.
If you were charged with resisting arrest in Ohio, you may be able to defend against the charges. Self-defense and unlawful arrest are possible defenses to resisting arrest.
If the arresting officer used an unreasonable amount of force in attempting the arrest, you may be able to claim self-defense. Police officers are generally allowed to use a reasonable amount of force, if necessary, to accomplish an arrest.
If you can prove the officer used force unjustifiably, you may be able to demonstrate that your resistance was necessary to defend yourself.
It is illegal to resist lawful arrest. If you can prove that the attempted arrest was invalid, e.g., lacked a warrant or probable cause, you may be able to defend against a resisting arrest charge.
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