When most people think of resisting arrest, they imagine someoane being hostile or violent towards a police office. However, the crime of resisting arrest in California covers much more than simply fighting back against an officer who is trying to arrest you and can even be charged if you are not being arrested. In California, it is illegal to "willfully resist, delay, or obstruct any public officer, peace officer, or emergency medical technician, in the discharge or attempt to discharge any duty of his or her office of employment" under California Penal Code Section 148(a)(1). Essentially, you could face charges of resisting arrest if you prevent or try to prevent any public officer (not just police officers) from doing their job. For example, you could face resisting arrest charges for preventing a police officer (or medical examiner, crime scene technician, etc.) from interviewing a witness or from examining a crime scene. Additionally, you could also face resisting arrest charges if you fight back against a police officer that is using excessive force or that is detaining you unlawfully. Although these actions are also unlawful on the part of the police officer, you may still face resisting arrest charges if you find yourself in either of these situations and may have to end up fighting them in court. In both of these situations however, an experienced attorney, can help defend your case to ensure that you do not end up with a criminal conviction for resisting arrest. Orange County resisting arrest lawyer, William Weinberg is an experienced attorney who has successfully defended hundreds of clients, including those who have been charged with resisting arrest. Mr. Weinberg is a zealous advocate for the clients that he represents and has a track record of proven results. Mr. Weinberg takes the time to individually review each potential client's case to provide a plan that works best for their circumstances.
Although resisting arrest can seem relatively minor, a conviction for this offense can have serious consequences. A conviction for resisting arrest will be on your permanent criminal record and can lead to jail time and/or fines. If you or someone you know has been arrested for this type of crime, it is extremely important that you hire a resisting arrest attorney in Orange County to help defend your case.
Additionally, it is important to note time is of the essence once you are arrested or charged with a crime, due to the fact that a prosecutor will begin building a case against you from the moment that you are arrested. It is important to remember that anything you say to a police officer can be used against you in your case, so it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer sooner, rather than later. An experienced resisting arrest attorney in Orange County can help protect you if you have been charged with this type of crime.
Orange County resisting arrest lawyer William Weinberg is an experienced lawyer in Orange County who has many years of experience defending clients charged with various crimes. He will consider your case free of charge and advise you of your options. To reach him please contact his Irvine office at 949-474-8008 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.