Resisting Arrest in Panama City

Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Bay County

Resisting arrest, whether with or without violence, is a criminal offense in the state of Florida. When making an arrest or trying to stop a crime, police are generally allowed to use what is called “reasonable” force.

In Florida, officers can use whatever force they consider justifiably necessary to make an arrest or to defend themselves and their partners. Therefore, if you resist a police officer while he is doing his job, you stand to be charged with a crime. Depending on how you resist, you may face a misdemeanor or a felony charge.

After such an event, you should ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you seek the advice of an experienced attorney. As a Panama City criminal defense lawyer, I deal with these kinds of situations every day. Providing you with legal options and sound counsel is my top priority.

If you were charged with resisting arrest in Panama City, I may be able to help. Reach out to me as soon as possible at (850) 403-4711.

Types of Resisting Arrest Charges in Florida

In Florida, there are two ways that a person can resist arrest.

You could be charged with:

  • Resisting arrest without violence: A misdemeanor defined as resisting, opposing, or obstructing an officer without violence or the threat of violence
  • Resisting arrest with violence: A felony defined as knowingly or willfully obstructing, opposing or resisting an officer by threatening or committing violence

The misdemeanor is punishable by jail time of up to one year and/or fines of up to $1,000. The felony is punishable by jail time of up to five years and/or fines of up to $5,000.

Get Qualified Legal Help Immediately Following an Arrest

Unfortunately, many police end up using excessive force when dealing with perceived suspects, which is against the law and may constitute police brutality. This situation may apply to your incident.

With over 15 years of criminal defense experience, I know the law and how the local criminal justice system works in Bay County. If you have been accused of resisting arrest, it is important that you contact me as soon as possible. I can use my extensive knowledge and experience to help you through the aftermath of being charged. As a focused Panama City criminal defense lawyer, I work hard for every individual who trusts his case and his future to me.

Contact me online or call (850) 403-4711 to request a free consultation with William Dyer Attorney at Law.

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