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Resisting Arrest Charges
In almost all the states, there are laws against resisting or delaying a police officer, known as resisting arrest. Under Illinois Law, when someone fails to obey the lawful command of an officer, it is a misdemeanor offense. However, when the resistence involves violence, or physical force, it becomes a felony offense. Some of the acts that constitute a "resisting arrest" offense include:
Questioning an officer's actions or authority before obeying is not considered resisting arrest. Also, being too slow to comply or swearing at an officer is not enough for resisting arrest charges.
DEFENSES TO RESISTING ARREST
A person charged with resisting arrest may have defenses, depending on the particular case. The defenses are based on the person's resistence of an officer of the law during the lawful execution of his or her duties. Somme, but not all, defenses include.
Resisting arrest charges can include fines and jail time of a year or more, depending on the charge. If the accused has a criminal record or prior arrests, this may affect sentencing.
CHICAGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
If you or someone you know has been charged with resisting arrest in Illinois, contact the experienced and aggressive legal professionals at The Odeh Law Group right away. A criminal record, especially a conviction that cannot be sealed or expunged can negatively affect your life. Don't try to fight this battle on your own. Call 773-609-4108 today for your initial case evaluation.
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