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Resisting Arrest


Washington Resisting Arrest Attorney Michael Harbeson Can Help!

A person is guilty of resisting arrest when they intentionally prevent or attempt to prevent a law enforcement officer from lawfully arresting them.

A person is guilty of obstructing a law enforcement officer if the person willfully hinders, delays, or obstructs any law enforcement officer in the discharge of his or her official powers or duties.

Misdemeanor resisting arrest (or misdemeanor obstruction) can include acts such as running and hiding from a law enforcement officer. Felony resisting arrest generally requires that a person either acts violently toward the arresting law enforcement officer or threaten to act violently.

What Penalties Are Associated With Resisting Arrest ?

Reckless driving charges can frequently accompany citations for other less serious traffic violations. This is because Washington law defines the crime very broadly: operating a motor vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. This allows numerous types of conduct to be shoehorned into the legal definition of reckless driving:

  • Incarceration. Sentences may involve time in the county jail, or one or more years in state prison, depending on the state. The judge may require that the entire sentence be served in jail.
  • Fines. Courts impose fines to penalize defendants. Fines vary depending on the circumstances, but can lead up to $1,000.
  • Probation. A person on probation regularly meets with a probation officer and fulfills other terms and conditions, such as maintaining employment and attending counseling.
  • Community Service. Courts often include as a part of probation the requirement that the defendant volunteer for a specified number of hours with court-approved organizations.

Regardless of the degree charged the goals remains the same. We will help you avoid the conviction for the criminal charge but perhaps more importantly keeping you out of jail.


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