Chicago Resisting Arrest Defense Lawyers
Resisting Arrest and Obstruction of Justice
Resisting arrest can take many forms but generally it involves a person who refuses to be peacefully arrested by the police. Regardless of the circumstances and regardless of the innocence of the person being arrested, it is required by law that the arrestee go quietly and without a fight. Clearly when a defendant runs from the police, eludes the police, strikes back or hits the police, this will be considered as resisting arrest.
But other less obvious actions on the part of the defendant will also likely constitute resisting such as pulling one's hand away even slightly when about to be handcuffed, refusing to put one's hands behind one's back when ordered, refusing to put hands on the squad car, refusing to turn around or refusing to lay down on the ground. In short, the laws surrounding resisting arrest require the defendant to comply fully and promptly with police orders.
What is Obstruction of Justice?
Obstructing police on the other hand, usually involves getting in the way of the police or making their job more difficult. For instance, when police are investigating a crime scene and people begin to gather to watch, one may be charged with obstructing the police if they do not clear the area promptly. If someone tries to hide important evidence or gives false information to the police, each of these will usually be considered as obstructing by a court of law as well.
Chicago Resisting Arrest Defense Attorneys Defending Your Legal Rights
Although police certainly should be allowed to do their jobs without being harassed or obstructed, unfortunately many of our clients are charged with offenses such as these even though they neither resisted nor obstructed the police. That's where our experienced and aggressive Chicago defense attorneys come in. The lawyers associated with Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC have handled many hundreds of such cases and know the best ways to protect our clients. Obstructing and resisting charges are serious. Depending upon the circumstances, the charges may be a Class A misdemeanor or may be a much higher felony with mandatory penalties. Call us 24 hours a day to arrange a free no-obligation evaluation of your case at (312) 644-0444 or (800) 996-4824.
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