Resisting an arrest is classified as a misdemeanor in Maryland.
Q: What is the penalty for resisting arrest in Maryland?
A: If you are convicted of resisting arrest in Maryland, you could face up to 3 years in jail and/or a $5,000.00 fine. If you’ve been charged with resisting arrest in Maryland, call attorney Randolph Rice at 410-288-2900 for immediate legal help.
Q: What is the Maryland law for resisting arrest:
Maryland Criminal Law Code Annotated §9-408 (as of 2014) § 9-408. Resisting or interfering with arrest
(a) “Police officer” defined – In this section, “police officer” means an individual who is authorized to make an arrest under Title 2 of the Criminal Procedure Article.
(b) Prohibited – A person may not intentionally:
(1) resist a lawful arrest; or (2) interfere with an individual who the person has reason to know is a police officer who is making or attempting to make a lawful arrest or detention of another person.
(c) Penalty – A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $ 5,000 or both.
(d) Unit of prosecution – The unit of prosecution for a violation of this section is based on the arrest or detention regardless of the number of police officers involved in the arrest or detention.
Q: What are some circumstance in which a person can be charged with resisting arrest in Maryland?
A: Resisting arrest typically charged when an arrestee physically struggled with an officer as he tries to place handcuffs on that individual, or when the arrestee struggles as he is being placed in a police car or jail cell. A common defense to resisting arrest is that the officer acted with excessive force. While an arrestee is expected to comply with an officer’s reasonable actions to affect an arrest, the arrestee is allowed to defend himself from unreasonable, excessive force used by the officer.
Resisting Arrest cases can be complicated and difficult to defend, that’s why it is so important to hire a lawyer that has experience defending resisting arrest charges.
Resisting Arrest charges are strongly pursued by law enforcement and the state’s attorney for the jurisdiction in which the crime allegedly occurred.
If you have been charged or arrested for Resisting Arrest in Maryland, you need an experience, skilled, trusted, and knowledgeable Resisting Arrest criminal defense attorney. Without the assistance and help, you have little chance of winning your case, if it goes to trial.
At the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the details and specifics of the Resisting Arrest charges. We will formulate the most appropriate argument for your Resisting Arrest defense. Often, the law enforcement agencies or State’s Attorney’s office for the county you are charged in will overlook an aspect of the case, if this happen, we will find other witnesses or evidence to present to the Court or state’s attorney’s office to support your side of the Resisting Arrest case. We will work with you and fight for your rights and freedoms. Don’t Go to Court Alone.
A criminal conviction can affect the rest of your life. You could spend years in jail, pay fines, Court costs and regret not having a professional attorney advising you on the best decisions in your criminal case. Call Attorney Randolph Rice at 410.288.2900 to schedule a FREE criminal defense consultation. We have years of experience and we can put that knowledge to work in your criminal case.
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