Have you been charged with resisting arrest or eluding an officer? The penalties for this offense can be surprisingly harsh. It is best to speak with a lawyer rather than trying to handle the matter on your own.
At Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law, our attorneys each have more than 20 years of criminal defense experience. We are dedicated advocates for our clients, working hard to protect their rights in cases involving all types of violent offenses. You can be certain that we will investigate the case against you and build a strong defense. We will also keep you informed of your options so you can make decisions about how to move forward.
We Will Determine Why You Were Charged
Many people are surprised to learn that they may be charged with resisting arrest even if their arrest was unlawful and even if there is no underlying crime, like possession of drugs or assault. It is very important to talk to an experienced attorney if you receive a resisting arrest charge to determine the best way to defend the case.
Sometimes, the person being arrested is simply scared and reacts in a manner that the police see as resisting. Some people run from the police, some refuse to be handcuffed, and others kick their feet and do not follow police instructions. When we review your case, we will determine what factors led to your arrest so that we can determine how to fight it in court.
In New Jersey, resisting arrest is a serious crime that can send someone to state prison. The use or threat of violence while resisting arrest is a third-degree offense. If you caused harm to a law enforcement officer or anyone during the incident, you could face second-degree criminal charges.
Eluding the police is a crime charged when someone does not stop their vehicle when the police are signaling for them to pull over. This is a crime that can send someone to state prison. It is important to determine the facts right away.
Sometimes the person charged did not see the police lights or hear the sirens. Sometimes there was no safe place to pull over. It is important to talk to an experienced attorney to determine if there is a way to reduce the charge to something less serious or if it is the type of case that should go to trial.
Put An Experienced Lawyer On Your Side
If you were arrested for resisting arrest or fleeing from law enforcement, you need an experienced legal advocate. Put our experience to work with you.
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