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Florida Resisting Arrest Lawyer

Many encounters with the police do not go as well as people would like. While many police officers treat the citizens they encounter respectfully and follow the law that they have sworn to uphold, many do not. Sometimes, when law enforcement officers believe that their authority is being challenged, they may escalate a situation and place someone under arrest for resisting arrest even when there was no underlying crime. Additionally, in some cases, law enforcement can engage in outright lying in order to justify an arrest on an individual whom they suspected a crime they later determined had not occurred. Resisting arrest is a serious crime in Florida and can result in significant legal sanctions. In some cases, a conviction could affect you for years, potentially affecting your ability to obtain employment or your reputation in the community. As a result, it is extremely important for anyone accused of resisting arrest in Florida to discuss their options with an experienced Florida criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with criminal defense specialist Stephen G. Cobb, call our office at 850-423-0035.

What is “resisting arrest” in Florida?

The term “resisting arrest” covers a broad range of conduct outlined in Chapter 843 of the Florida Statutes. Section 843.01 defines resisting an officer with violence, while 843.02 defines resisting an officer without violence. Of course, resisting an officer with violence is the more serious offense, but cases involving resisting without violence may be more arbitrarily imposed by law enforcement officers who need to justify an unlawful arrest. Below is some information regarding the maximum penalties for each offense:

Resisting an Officer without Violence:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • A fine of up to $1000

Resisting Arrest with Violence:

  • Up to five years in prison
  • Fines of up to $5,000

In both cases, a judge has the discretion to order a less serious sentence, so the assistance of an attorney is extremely important for anyone facing allegations of either type of resisting arrest in Florida.

Contact a Florida criminal defense attorney today to schedule a free consultation

Attorney Stephen G. Cobb is a dedicated criminal defense specialist who has been helping people accused of crimes since 1990. As a board certified criminal defense lawyer, his clients can be certain that they are receiving the highest caliber legal counsel and representation possible. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cobb, call our office today at 850-423-0035.

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“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

Lonnie M.

“"I have used other lawyers in the past. I was facing years but left court with probation and a suspended sentence. Thank you and god bless you."”

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