Resisting arrest means you are accused of purposely preventing a police officer from arresting you. This can be done by running away, inflicting violence, driving away, and otherwise making it difficult for law enforcement to bring you into custody. Typically a disorderly persons offense, resisting could be raised to an indictable crime (a felony) if violence or risk of violence is involved. Resisting arrest could also be known as “eluding.” At our law firm, we understand these types of disputes are often simply misunderstandings. The punishments for resisting arrest are harsh, and we can help you get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Punishments For Resisting Arrest In NJ
If you are found guilty or plead guilty to resisting arrest here are the possible punishments you face:
- Disorderly persons offense. $500 to $1000 fine; up to six months in jail;
- Fourth degree offense. Up to $10,000 fine; up to 18 months in prison
- Third degree offense. Up to a $15,000 fine; up to five years in prison
- To be found guilty of a fourth degree offense, the court must prove you prevented a police officer from arresting you by fleeing. If you are charged with a third degree offense, it means you are accused of using violence or the threat of violence to resist arrest.
Don’t risk your freedom and your future by trusting your criminal defense case in the wrong hands. The lawyers at Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. work to obtain the best possible results for your case. For a free initial consultation, call us today at (908) 561-5577 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free.