Resisting Arrest Offenses

Areas of Practice > Resisting Arrest Offenses

Many times, when one is arrested, an additional charge involving resisting arrest is added on top of the underlying case.

Even if the underlying charge does not hold merit or it is dismissed by the Court, prosecutors will often still go forward and seek punishment for resisting arrest. It does not take much for an officer to accuse one of resisting arrest. Often times officers will state that a defendant:

  • Tensed their arms
  • Walked away from them
  • Turned their back
  • Others

In Florida, there are mainly two types of resisting arrest cases:

  • Resisting WITHOUT violence; or
  • Resisting WITH violence.

Resisting without violence is a misdemeanor, meaning the offender is facing a maximum penalty of 364 days in the county jail. Resisting with violence is a third degree felony and means the officer is accusing the offender of physically touching him or her. If accused of resisting with violence, you are facing a maximum penalty of five (5) years in prison. Most of the time, these cases come down to the officer’s word against your word. Therefore, if you, or someone you know, is charged with Resisting Arrest, it is extremely important to get the help from experienced attorneys such as Anthony Bruno & Peter Schoenthal.

Resisting Arrest Offenses

  • Resisting arrest without violence
  • Resisting with violence
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Giving a False Name After Arrest

Accused of a Resisting Arrest Offense?

You need a reliable defense lawyer who will stand up for your rights and protect your freedom. At Bruno & Schoenthal, we have the knowledge and experience to fight for you.

Our Approach

At Bruno & Schoenthal, we believe that representing clients begins and ends with total preparation.

We also believe that trial is often your best course of action. By preparing a case for trial from the beginning, you leave no stone unturned. When you approach a case this way you often find facts or defenses that can lead to your charges being dismissed or allow you to have a stronger position when negotiating with the government. If you or your attorney is unprepared, there’s no way you can expect a positive outcome in court. That’s why when we approach a case, our first step is to begin fully preparing for trial so you get a complete representation. Unlike other firms who assign a single lawyer to each client, we work together on every single case and we believe in a client-centered approach. This means you will get the benefit of our combined experience and problem solving skills.

By working together, we can develop strategies and initiatives that will help us be successful in court.


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