Resisting arrest is a serious criminal charge that can result in jail time or a prison sentence. If you or a loved one resisted arrest, it is important that you immediately hire a Sugar Land criminal attorney to protect your legal rights and avoid additional collateral consequences.
What Is Considered A Resist?
Resisting arrest is defined as intentionally preventing or obstructing a known police officer, or an individual acting under the instruction of law enforcement, from carrying out an arrest, a search or transporting of an accused person by force.
Additionally, it does not matter whether the underlying arrest or search was lawful. In other words, even if the defendant was totally innocent of the charge for which he was being arrested, he can still be charged if he resists the so-called innocent arrest.
Criminal Charges Associated With Resisting an Arrest
Under Texas law, resisting arrest is considered a Class A misdemeanor, which carries with it a fine up to $4,000, as well as a prison term for up to one year. If the resistance was done with a deadly weapon, the offense elevates to a third degree felony, which carries with it a prison sentence from two to ten years and a fine of up to $10,000.
As such, if you are facing charges for resisting an arrest, it is in your best interest to hire a Sugar Land criminal attorney to help you protect your legal rights.
For more information about criminal charges of resisting arrest, call Sugar Land criminal attorney John Venza at 281-971-5660.