Fighting a Resisting Charge
Charged with Resisting Arrest?
In the state of Maryland, resisting arrest is a misdemeanor charge that can be punishable by up to twelve months in prison. Generally, a person can be charged with resisting arrest any time he or she physically struggles against an officer attempting to do his lawful duties. This can include struggling when being placed in handcuffs, when placed into the back of a police car, or when being put into a holding cell.
While resisting arrest is a relatively common charge in Maryland, in a large number of cases, a person resists arrest so as to protect themselves against what they believe to be excessive force or illegal arrest by the police. After all, in situations when an officer is using excessive force, citizens may have a right to protect themselves.
Unfortunately, fighting a resisting charge can be difficult. This is especially true because it essentially comes down to the arrested person’s word against the police officer’s word. In nine cases out of ten, when the defendant does not have adequate legal defense, the judge will rule in favor of the officer, after all, the courts reason, if the police something it, it must be true, right? The police don’t lie right?
This is also a difficult charge to fight due to the fact that there is often a fine line between what can be considered excessive force by a police officer and what is reasonable force necessary to complete a lawful arrest. Furthermore, there is a fine line between what can be considered resisting and what can be considered an instinctive reaction to an officer’s force.
Fighting a Resisting Charge
If you have recently been arrested and charged with resisting an arrest, then the best thing you can do is to fight the charge and take the matter to court with an experienced and capable lawyer. Having even a misdemeanor resisting charge on your record can complicate the rest of your life, making it difficult to land a job or even be able to rent an apartment. These days, employers take criminal records very seriously, and even a misdemeanor can be grounds for refusing to hire somebody.
Not to mention, resisting an arrest is punishable by up to one year in prison in Maryland. Therefore, if you end up being found guilty of the charge and have priors on your record, there is a good chance that the penal system will send you to prison. This can truly impact your life, cause you to lose your job, and even separate you from your family and friends.
Hiring a Lawyer
While fighting a resisting charge is not easy, the good news is that by having a qualified lawyer on your side, you will have the best chances of being able to win your case. A knowledgeable lawyer will know all of the ins and outs of Maryland’s laws regarding resisting an arrest and thus will be able to prepare and present a compelling case in front of a judge when it comes time for your day in court. As a result, you will have the best chances of being able to have your charges lessened or perhaps even dropped altogether.
Of course, when hiring a lawyer to help you fight your resisting charge, you do not want to hire just anybody. Instead, you will want to find a lawyer who focuses in criminal law. They should have specific experience and proven success when it comes to fighting such charges.
Contact Robinson & Associates for an immediate and free consultation. Being charged with any crime is an unpleasant experience however proper representation can turn that all around. Call Robinson & Associates today at 443-524-7395 to schedule a free legal consultation.