Under Florida law, resisting arrest can fall into one of two categories: without violence and with violence. Resisting arrest without violence is a first-degree misdemeanor offense that is punishable by up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Resisting arrest with violence is a third-degree felony that can result in up to five years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.

At the law firm of Michael J. Snure, P.A., our lawyers provide defense representation to local Orlando area residents and out-of-state visitors in any type of resisting arrest case. Our complete understanding of the law allows us to present a compelling case designed to overcome resisting arrest charges.

Understanding The Difference Between With And Without Violence

Just because you did not physically challenge the arresting officer, it does not necessarily mean that you did not resist arrest. If you are obstructing an officer by giving him or her a false name, using fake identification, arguing or giving dishonest answers to the officer's questions, you could face a charge for resisting arrest without violence.

Resisting arrest with violence means that you physically challenged the arresting officer in some way. While attempting to wriggle away while the officer is trying to put handcuffs on you does not typically result in a resisting arrest with violence charge, it is possible. Pushing, hitting or kicking an officer in the process of being arrested can result in the more serious charge of battery on a law enforcement officer.

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Contact our Winter Park office at any time to discuss your case with an attorney. You can reach us by phone at 407-469-6200 or via email to schedule an appointment. We offer a no-obligation initial consultation where you can learn more about your legal options and how we can help you.