Sonora Resisting Arrest Attorney
Accused of Resisting Arrest in Tuolumne County?
In California, resisting arrest refers to when an individual resists, delays, or obstructs a law enforcement officer or emergency medical technician in the performance of their duties. This extends to almost all actions that pertain to their job, not just conducting an arrest.
If you have been charged with this crime, The Law Office of Charles B. Smith can help ensure that your rights remain protected. Our Sonora resisting arrest lawyer is committed to getting your case dismissed. When you come in for your free consultation, we can review your case and help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.
Potential Penalties for Resisting Arrest in California
Resisting arrest is a standalone crime that is charged as a misdemeanor in California. If you are being arrested for allegedly committing a crime, and are later found to be innocent, you could be charged a separate crime of resisting the arrest. Should you be convicted of the crime which you were detained for, the penalties for resisting the arrest will be in addition to the other consequences you face for the conviction.
Resisting arrest can result in:
- A maximum jail sentence of one year
- Up to a $1,000 fine
- Loss of right to posses firearms for ten years
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Just because you have been charged for resisting arrest, does not mean that you are guilty. Every year, many people are wrongly accused of this crime by erring officers. The burden of proof lies with the prosecution team. They must prove that the officer was lawfully performing their duties, that you intentionally obstructed them in the course of their duties, and that you were (or should have been) aware that the officer was performing their duties.
Get in Touch Today
The Law Office of Charles B. Smith is equipped with all the knowledge and resources necessary to effectively represent you and ensure the protection of your rights and freedom.
Contact our Sonora resisting arrest attorney at (209) 231-6506 today to schedule your free consultation.