Resisting Arrest

Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Jonesboro

Ford & Cook, PLC provides efficient representation to clients who have been charged with resisting arrest. We have a thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, and will discuss your options for lessening or dropping the charges. Our firm has helped hundreds of clients obtain favorable outcomes, and we will guide you through the Arkansas criminal justice system.

Call our Jonesboro criminal defense lawyers today at (870) 853-3621 for knowledgeable representation.

What Counts as Resisting Arrest?

There are actually two classifications of resisting arrest in Arkansas. The first one involves knowingly using or threatening to use physical force to harm another person. This is known as resisting arrest. The second classification involves actively or passively refusing to comply with an arrest. This is known as refusal to submit to an arrest. For example, if you try to punch an officer who is making an arrest, you will be charged with resisting arrest. On the other hand, if you simply refuse to comply with the officer’s orders, you may be charged with refusal to submit to an arrest. Resisting arrest is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, while refusing to submit to an arrest is charged as a Class B misdemeanor.

The penalties for resisting arrest vary, depending on the classification:

  • Class A Misdemeanor
  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Up to $2,500 in fines
  • Class B Misdemeanor
  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

A possible defense to charges of resisting arrest is that you were acting in self-defense against the excessive use of force by the arresting officer. If the officer acted with excessive aggression or violence, and you fought back to protect yourself, you can use this as a defense in your case. We will investigate the situation and use evidence, such as witness statements, police reports, video camera footage, and other documentation, to build your case.

Committed to Defending Your Rights & Freedom

At Ford & Cook, PLC, we know our clients are going through a stressful time. If you have been charged with resisting arrest or refusal to submit to an arrest, we will discuss your situation and answer your questions. Our Jonesboro criminal defense lawyers will work hard to meet your legal needs and walk you through the process.

For experienced and reliable legal services in Jonesboro, contact our office today.