In New Jersey, you are not allowed to resist an arrest. The key is that the arrest must be lawful. If it was a false arrest, there is some support for resistance, but it's not advisable to ever resist because it can be difficult to know if an arrest was unlawful.
If you were charged with resisting arrest or eluding a police officer, you need an experienced defense attorney. At Clark & Clark law firm, we will provide the individualized attention you deserve while fighting for a positive outcome to your violent crime case. Please call 732-303-7857 today for a free consultation.
Resisting Arrest Charges
Resisting arrest charges may take one of the following forms:
- Disorderly persons offense: You may be charged with a disorderly persons offense if you attempt to resist arrest. As a result, you may have to pay fines to the Victims of Crime Compensation Board and to the Safe Neighborhood Services Fund. You could also be sentenced to serve jail time
- 4th degree crime: Your charges may be a 4th degree crime if you are alleged to have purposefully prevented – or tried to prevent – an arrest by eluding an officer
- 3rd degree crime: Your charges may be a 3rd degree crime if you are alleged to have prevented or tried to prevent an arrest by threatening the officer or using force against the officer
For any of these offenses, the experienced attorneys at Clark & Clark are ready to defend you. We do not give up until we know we have obtained the best possible conclusion to your case.
Eluding a Police Officer
Like resisting arrest, eluding a police officer is a serious crime. If convicted, you could lose your driving privileges for several months, and you may be sentenced to serve time in jail. Eluding charges result when someone has attempted to flee in order to resist arrest. Like resisting arrest charges, eluding charges are made more serious when the arrest involved endangerment or injury to someone else while attempting to flee.
What Should You Do Next?
At a time like this, you need clear answers to your questions and honest information about the case against you. Our attorneys are committed to doing just that. We want to make sure you know your options and how we can help you fight the charges.
If you have been charged with resisting arrest or eluding a police officer in Newark, Jersey City or the surrounding areas, please call Clark & Clark, LLC, at 732-303-7857.