A person is guilty of Resisting Arrest if he or she intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a peace officer from lawfully arresting him or her. Unfortunately, police commonly charge citizens with this crime when investigating very tense situations.
In other words, someone may charge someone with Assault or DUI and when police attempt to make an arrest, the police allege that the defendant was uncooperative. Therefore, the defendant will be charged with two crimes; one of them being Resisting Arrest. This tactic is often used by police and prosecutors to bolster their criminal cases.
Additionally, Prosecutors add Resisting Arrest charges to make it appear as if the defendant is more culpable of the underlying crime. Police officers often say that defendants resist or attempt to flee when officers try arresting people lawfully.
If you or someone you care about faces Resisting Arrest charges in Skagit County or Whatcom County, call attorney Alexander Ransom today for a free, no-pressure case evaluation. Alexander has a reputation in the legal community as an aggressive, effective and experienced criminal defense attorney. He is here to assist you through these difficult times.