Somebody who interferes with a police officer’s lawful attempt to make an arrest can be charged with the crime of resisting arrest. Individuals can also be charged with resisting arrest for fleeing from a police officer or providing a police officer with false information. Once charged with resisting arrest, defendants face two criminal charges, the original crime as well as the crime of resisting arrest.
Defendants who are found guilty of resisting arrest almost always have their sentence enhanced. In certain situations, the punishment imposed for resisting arrest is even worse than the punishment for the original crime. A Mesa criminal law attorney can defend the rights of those charged with resisting arrest.