Resisting Arrest Defense Attorney in Orlando
Experienced Defense Against Resisting Arrest Charges in Orlando and Florida
In Florida, the charge of resisting arrest or, as it is sometimes called, resisting an officer, can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. How you are charged depends largely on how that officer reported that you acted.
Under Florida Statute 843.02, a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest involves:
- obstructing or
- opposing a law enforcement officer
An act of running from law enforcement when ordered to stop or shutting the door on an officer may bring a charge of resisting an officer. If convicted, you face up to a year jail for these actions. A charge of resisting arrest should never be taken lightly. You need a seasoned criminal defense attorney who has experience on both sides of the courtroom working with law enforcement. As an experienced former prosecutor and Division Chief, Jack Kaleita handled countless cases of resisting a law enforcement officer, and knows when and how these cases can be successfully defended.
What is even more serious is if you’ve been charged with Resisting Arrest With Violence. If during the course of resisting you are accused of
- Use or
- A threat to use physical violence against an officer
you could face up to 5 years in prison!
The State of Florida takes an especially aggressive stance in these cases, and so do the police. If you are accused by a police officer of threatening, assaulting, or attacking him, there is little doubt that he will be very serious about how you are punished and may want to see you go to prison.
Contact Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer Jack Kaleita
Attorney Jack Kaleita has spent years developing relationships with local law enforcement and prosecutors. He can talk to these people for you and help them understand. Let his lengthy experience and knowledge of both the law and those involved work to your advantage. If you are accused or charged with resisting arrest, contact him today! Call (407) 831-7800 or (866) 422-7934 for a free consultation. You may also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online form located at the top of this page and we will get back to you shortly.