Resisting Arrest Can Result in Steep Fines
In Louisiana, it is a crime to resist a police officer making a lawful arrest. Penalties could include a fine of up to $2,000 dollars as well as one to three years of incarceration.
If you are charged with resisting arrest, the New Orleans criminal defense law firm of Bloom Legal can help. We have extensive experience defending clients accused of resisting law enforcement officers and we will do everything possible to help you avoid conviction or minimize potential consequences and penalties. Call 504-599-9997 today to speak with an experienced attorney and learn how we can help.
New Orleans Laws on Resisting Arrest
Louisiana addresses the crime of resisting arrest in RS 14:108. Depending on your actions, you could be charged with resisting arrest with force, or intentionally interfering with or opposing a law enforcement officer. If you are accused of force or violence, then you will face up to three years of jail time. For attempting to obstruct a lawful arrest, you could be fined up to $500 dollars and imprisoned for as long as six months.
It is important to understand what charges you are facing and the extent of the potential penalties. You also need to know whether your actions fall within the legal definition of resisting an officer. In some situations, you might simply be frightened in dealing with the police and your natural reaction can be confused with resisting arrest.
The prosecutor has the burden of proving that you committed a criminal act when officers tried to arrest you. If you can keep evidence out of court, make it impossible for a prosecutor to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, or argue that the arrest was not lawful or that you did not resist, then you may be able to avoid conviction, penalties and a criminal record. Our experienced New Orleans criminal defense law firm will review the circumstances surrounding your charges for resisting arrest and help you decide how best to handle your case.
In some cases, the best course of action is to arrange a plea bargain to avoid a trial and hopefully minimize penalties and avoid a criminal record. Your attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf and help you get the best deal possible if you do not want to take the case to trial and cannot get the charges dropped.
Getting Help from a New Orleans Criminal Defense Law Firm
When resisting arrest is added on to other criminal charges, the penalties can rise and the stakes are higher. Bloom Legal will fight to protect your rights when you have been accused of resisting arrest. We represent local clients who live in or around New Orleans as well as those who were on vacation when charged with resisting arrest. We try to make the process as easy as possible and minimize your time spent in court while working toward the best possible outcome.
Call our New Orleans criminal defense law firm today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about how we can help you if you are charged with resisting arrest.
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