When a person willfully resists, delays, or obstructs a peace officer or emergency medial technician (EMT) from doing his or her job, the person is committing the crime of resisting arrest as defined by Penal Code 148 PC under California law.
This crime is charged as a misdemeanor in California, punishable by imprisonment in county jail for up to one year, and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.
A judge may instead award a defendant with summary probation as a substitute for jail time.
Frequently used defenses include showing that the defendant was falsely accused, did not act willfully, and/or was arrested without probable cause.
If you have been charged with resisting arrest, contact the law office of H. Charles Gorian today. We have years of experience dealing with these charges and we know the California laws that affect your situation. Our law firm has helped men and women throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County, and we may be able to help you.
One phone call could be the difference between harsh criminal penalties and freedom. Call our lawyer today for a free, no-risk, no-obligation case evaluation.