Resisting arrest in Chandler can result in a conviction of a class 6 felony. A resisting arrest does not necessarily involve full-on physical resistance from a Chandler law enforcement officer who is trying to place an individual under arrest. Resisting arrest charged in Chandler can be for merely telling an officer “no” after being told to put your hands behind your back, which will likely result in a passive resisting arrest charge. This charge is a class 1 misdemeanor in Chandler. However, telling an officer “no” along with a threat of physical force could result in a class 6 felony.
As is the case with other crimes discussed above, the crime of resisting arrest requires a mental state or a certain level of intent. This requirement gives the defense team a good shot at launching a successful defense against resisting arrest charges. An example of this would be if the individual placed under arrest didn’t know that the person trying to arrest them was a peace officer.
Given that there can be a fine line between misdemeanor and felony resisting arrest, the intent is required to prove the charge of resisting arrest in Chandler. The charges largely rely on the Chandler police officer’s subjective state of mind, defending a resisting arrest charge can be relatively easy in many instances. It is usually beneficial to utilize these tools and more with the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
At the Rosenstein Law Group, the attorneys dedicated to helping you make the right decision on your defense strategy. The legal team is very familiar with all of the tools available for launching a successful defense against resisting arrest or any other criminal charges that you may find yourself facing in Chandler. The important thing is to come into the office so that we can look at your case and help you decide if hiring a criminal defense attorney is the right thing for you. We offer to help you make this decision free of charge. In the unfortunate circumstance that you or a loved one find yourself facing any criminal charges, call the Rosenstein Law Group at (480) 248-7666 to set up a free consultation.