Resisting arrest occurs when one impedes or hinders a police officer in the action of taking someone into custody. If no weapon is used against the officer, most of the time the charge of resisting will be a misdemeanor. This crime is serious and the penalties can be significant. They can include fines, jail time of up to one year and more. If in fact you already have a criminal record for violence or are already on probation, this can affect the sentencing. It is extremely important to contact and secure a Chicago violent crime defense attorney immediately following your arrest. You will need an attorney who will care about what happens to you and who will fight for your rights. They will examine the circumstances of the arrest, and whether the officer identified themselves properly. If police procedures were incorrectly followed, all charges may be dismissed. Contact the Chicago area criminal defense firm Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege and have someone in your corner, fighting for your rights.
If battery to a police officer during an arrest occurs, and the officer is injured, then the charge is a felony offense. Likewise, if a gun is used in resisting the officer, or the officer is threatened with a weapon, the resisting charge becomes a felony. A violent criminal history can make the consequences of a charge of resisting and battery to the officer extremely serious. Securing a competent and knowledgeable defense attorney represent you during all phases of the case is extremely important.
Charges of this kind can affect your ability to get a job in the future and could even result in the loss of your current job. In addition to handling the resisting and battery charges, the underlying criminal charge will also have to be addressed. Protecting your future and your rights are of utmost concern. If you have been arrested for resisting or battery to police, contact the criminal defense firm who has proven results and experience in handling cases of this kind.
Contact a Chicago resisting arrest defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege today. The firm serves the Chicago area as well as Cicero, Berwyn and Evanston.
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