Resisting Arrest

Criminal Defense for Resisting Arrest Charges Phoenix, AZ

Resisting Arrest Defense Attorney

Resisting arrest does not always involve running away or using a weapon against a police Officer. It could be as little as resisting to be handcuffed, if your actions caused the Officer to get harmed in any manner or fall and get injured. In Arizona, resisting arrest charges are a felony. You will need a strong defense, and someone to “tell your side of the story” and present compelling arguments through the criminal justice system in Arizona. The Law Office of James Novak defends these cases throughout Maricopa County. He understands what defense strategies will be effective given a particular set of circumstances, and how to build and mount a powerful defense strategy against the prosecution. He will review your case, examine all the evidence available, get your side of the story and make provide a strong defense for your resisting arrest charges.

Arizona Laws - Resisting Arrest

The main elements of Arizona resisting arrest are:

  1. A peace Officer acting in an official capacity sought to arrest you or someone else.
  2. 2. You knew or had reason to know the person was a peace Officer.
  3. 3. You intentionally prevented or attempted to prevent the peace Officer form making that arrest.
  4. 4. You used or threatened to use physical force or any other substantial risk of physical injury against the peace Officer of another.

It does not matter if the attempted arrest was legally justified or irrelevant.

A.R.S. 13-2508. Resisting arrest reads in part as follows:

“A. A person commits resisting arrest by intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent a person reasonably known to him to be a peace Officer, acting under color of such peace Officer's official authority, from effecting an arrest by: 1. Using or threatening to use physical force against the peace Officer or another; or 2. Using any other means creating a substantial risk of causing physical injury to the peace Officer or another. B. Resisting arrest is a class 6 felony.”

Resisting Arrest Penalties

In Arizona the prosecution takes a firm stance on these matters because it involves a police or peace officer performing their official duties and you are interfering with those duties. Upon getting a conviction for the Arizona criminal charge of Resisting Arrest you will have a felony conviction record. The sentencing can be harsh, and include jail time, fines, fees, probation, counseling and whatever else the court deems necessary.

Criminal Defense Lawyer for Resisting Arrest Charges

Call today for your FREE consultation with an Arizona criminal defense attorney who handles resisting arrest charges. When charged with resisting arrest your future and freedom are at risk. Let James Novak begin building you a strong defense. Call today for your free consultation and speak directly with James Novak, experienced criminal defense attorney at (480) 413-1499.