Columbus and Delaware, Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with resisting arrest in Columbus or Delaware, Ohio, contact Johnson Legal, LLC and speak with an experienced Columbus and Delaware, Ohio criminal defense attorney. Attorney David Johnson of Johnson Legal, LLC will discuss your case and assist you in fighting the charges. Call or send an email to schedule a consultation regarding your resisting arrest case.
What is Resisting Arrest in Ohio?
Resisting arrest, pursuant to ORC 2921.33, is recklessly, or by force, resisting or interfering with the lawful arrest of the person or another. Resisting arrest in Ohio can be charged as a 2nd degree misdemeanor, 1st degree misdemeanor, or 4th degree felony. The type of action allegedly committed by the defendant will dictate what offense is charged.
This offense often involves allegations that the defendant assaulted or attempted to assault a police officer. These types of charges are strictly handled by judges and prosecutors. However, citizens are not always fairly charged with this offense. Consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney can make a real difference.
Ohio Penalties for Resisting Arrest
2nd Degree Misdemeanor
Typically, a resisting arrest charge is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.
1st Degree Misdemeanor
If during the course of the arrest, or as a result of resistance or interference, the police officer suffers physical harm, the defendant will be charged with a 1st degree misdemeanor. This charge carries a maximum 6 months in jail and a $1000 fine.
4th Degree Felony
If during the course of the arrest, or as a result of resistance or interference, the police officer suffers physical harm by means of a deadly weapon or the defendant brandishes a deadly weapon, the defendant will be charged with a 4th degree felony. This charges carries a maximum 18 months in jail and a $5000 fine.
Criminal Defense Attorney – Columbus and Delaware, Ohio
If you have been charged with resisting arrest, you should hire an attorney immediately. Contact Attorney David Johnson of Johnson Legal, LLC and speak with an experienced Columbus and Delaware, Ohio criminal defense attorney. Attorney Johnson will examine your case and assist you in putting forth the strongest defense possible. Call Johnson Legal, LLC at (614) 578-4369 or send attorney David Johnson an email.