Resisting Arrest Attorney in Austin, Texas
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Broadly speaking, resisting arrest refers to an individual who impedes, resists, or obstructs a peace officer who is attempting to put him or her into custody, search his or her person, or search an individual's car. If a peace officer has a lawful reason to arrest or search your person and/or your car, and you act violently or in another way that impedes the officer from performing his or her lawful duties, you may be charged with resisting arrest, search, or transportation. Resisting arrest may be a misdemeanor or a felony charge depending on the circumstances, and is often coupled with another charge. Resisting arrest may carry enhanced penalties, including steeper fines and more jail time.
If you or someone that you know has been charged with resisting arrest, search, or transportation, it is important that you retain a competent, aggressive legal defense. Jason Trumpler is an experienced criminal defense attorney with more than 15-years experience. Contact our office today at 512-457-5200.
It is a crime to obstruct a known peace officer from conducting his or her duties, including an officer arresting an individual suspected of a crime. Examples of resisting arrest include refusing to provide proper ID upon arrest, refusing to allowed to be handcuffed, assaulting an officer, or attempting to prevent an officer from arresting you.
Typically, resisting arrest, search, or transportation is prosecuted as a Class A Misdemeanor. An individual convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor may be sentenced to up to a year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
However, the charge may be enhanced to felony of the 3rd degree if you use a deadly weapon such as a gun or a knife while a police officer is trying to arrest you. An individual convicted of a felony of the 3rd degree may be sentenced to 2-10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and a fine up to $10,000.
In this case, it does not matter if the arrest is ultimately deemed unlawful. Even if you are found to be innocent of the crime you were being arrested for, you may still be found guilty of resisting arrest.
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Since resisting arrest is typically coupled with other charges, penalties and fines may exceed the figures listed above. If you or a loved one has been charged with resisting arrest, search, or transportation, it is important that you retain the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney today. Jason Trumpler has successfully represented hundreds of individuals in courts throughout Central Texas, including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell, Comal, Bastrop, Burnet, Lee, and Bell counties. Contact us today at 512-457-5200.