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If you are facing resisting arrest charges, you should be aware of the various Florida laws regarding this type of charge. Florida differentiates between resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence. Actually, the offense is "resisting an officer with/without violence", but it is commonly called "resisting arrest."
This means that if you have been charged with resisting arrest, you could be facing either a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge, depending on whether or not violence is alleged by the police and prosecutors. Resisting arrest without violence is less serious, of course: a conviction of resisting arrest without violence is a first degree misdemeanor, which could result in up to 1 year in jail and fines up to $1,000.
However, if you are convicted of resisting arrest with the use of violence, consequences could be much more serious. Resisting arrest with violence is a third degree felony. You could be facing up to 5 years in prison, 5 years of probation, and fines up to $5,000. There is another key difference between the two charges: if you have been charged with resisting arrest with violence, your charges cannot be dropped if the arrest is determined to be unlawful. That also means that if you did not resist arrest, it's possible to dismiss your case if it is proven that the arrest was made unlawfully.
It may seem overwhelming to process this information when you are in this situation. There a lot of different ways to proceed with your case. That's why it's important to have a lawyer with years of experience who knows how to carefully attend to his clients' needs. Contact me, Jonathan Blecher, P.A., so I can help you fight resisting arrest charges.