Resisting arrest is an extremely common crime that many people do not fully understand. Resisting arrest is a crime that is usually “added” to a person's charges after they have allegedly committed a different crime. That is for the apparent reason that you have to be placed under arrest to commit resisting arrest. However, most people do not know that in the state of Rhode Island, you can resist a legal or illegal arrest. If the police place you under arrest and you resist, you may be charged with the crime of resisting arrest even if you have committed no crime. Therefore, you should contact an experienced Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney to help if you have been charged with resisting arrest. Attorney David Ellison is an experienced Rhode Island Criminal Defense attorneys with years of criminal defense experience. If you contact the Law Office of David Ellison, they will use these experiences to help you fight the allegations of Resisting Arrest against you.
WHAT IS RESISTING ARREST?
Rhode Island's resisting arrest law is accurately titled “resisting legal or illegal arrest,” alluding to the notion that you can resist a legal or illegal arrest. Furthermore, Rhode Island defines resisting arrest as anyone that:
- Uses force or any weapon in
- Resisting a legal or an illegal arrest by a peace office
- That person resists with a “reasonable ground” to believe that they are being arrested
- And that a peace officer is making the arrest.
WHAT IS A LEGAL OR LEGAL ARREST?
A legal or illegal arrest means that so long as the police make you aware that they are placing you under arrest, you cannot resist. Usually, the officer stating that you are under arrest leads most people to believe that they are under arrest. However, this can be confusing at times. Thus it is essential to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney with this issue .
WHAT DOES REASONABLE GROUND MEAN?
Essentially, what that means is that whenever an ordinary or everyday person would believe that they are under arrest. Again, the police stating that you are under arrest makes most people aware that they are being detained and arrested.
WHAT IS A PEACE OFFICER?
A peace officer is a very far-reaching term. It essentially means any law enforcement official that is given a badge and firearm by the State of Rhode Island or the Federal Government. It includes everything from the Rhode Island State Police and the FBI to Rhode Island College Campus Security and the Rhode Island Park police.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES OF RESISTING ARREST?
In Rhode Island, anyone convicted of resisting a legal or an illegal arrest may be punished by a fine of no more than $500, or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both a fine and imprisonment.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH RESISTING ARREST?
Therefore, even if you feel like you did absolutely nothing wrong, you should get legal assistance. Thus the first thing you should do is contact an experienced Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney like Attorney David Ellison. Once you have contacted Attorney David Ellison, he can look at the facts of your case and come up with the best strategy for you. Do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of David Ellison for legal representation today at (401)-230-5520.