Resisting Arrest

A resisting arrest allegation comes with severe penalties if convicted. With a large amount of authority given to law enforcement, a resisting arrest charge may in fact be unsubstantiated or fabricated, depending on the particular situation.

With this potential for abuse, not making certain that your rights are protected and that you are approaching the criminal process in the most effective manner could lead to negative consequences that could have been avoided.

Considering the possibility for being treated unfairly, working with a qualified criminal defense attorney may be in your best interest.

Columbus Resisting Arrest Attorney

Not taking a resisting arrest charge seriously may lead to avoidable ramifications that could follow you in life. Even a misdemeanor charge on your record has the potential to negatively affect your professional and financial well-being.

If you are dealing with a resisting arrest charge in Ohio, call the Joslyn Law Firm to discuss the details of your case today. Brian Joslyn is an aggressive Columbus criminal defense attorney who is committed to protecting your rights and making certain that you are guided through the criminal process in a professional and efficient manner. His dedication to providing excellent client service, while making use of his extensive legal knowledge, will put you in a favorable position, increasing the likelihood of a reduction or dismissal of the charge.

Call (614) 444-1900 or send an online message to schedule a free and confidential consultation if you are dealing with a criminal charge in the Ohio counties of Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Licking, Fairfield, and Pickaway.


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Resisting Arrest under Ohio Law

ORC §2921.33 states that no person shall, recklessly or by force:

  • Resist or interfere with a lawful arrest of the person or another person and, during the course of or as a result of the resistance or interference, cause physical harm to a law enforcement officer.
  • Resist or interfere with a lawful arrest of the person or another person if either of the following applies:
  • (1) The offender, during the course of or as a result of the resistance or interference, recklessly causes physical harm to a law enforcement officer by means of a deadly weapon; (2) The offender, during the course of the resistance or interference, brandishes a deadly weapon.

The charges for resisting arrest will vary depending on the factors listed above. Those who allegedly caused physical harm to another as a result of the resistance or interference, will be charged with a misdemeanor of the second degree. If they caused physical harm to a law enforcement officer, they will be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the alleged offender brandishes a deadly weapon or causes physical harm to a law enforcement officer by means of a deadly weapon, they will be charged with a felony of the fourth degree.

A misdemeanor of the second degree comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 90 days in jail and / or fines of up to $750.

A misdemeanor of the first degree comes with a presumptive sentence of up to six month is jail and / or fines of up to $1,000.

A felony of the fourth degree comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 18 months in prison and / or fines of up to $5,000.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Franklin County Resisting Arrest Lawyer

If you or a loved one is currently being charged with resisting arrest, put yourself in a strong, defensible position by working with a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney. Brian Joslyn is well versed in Ohio law and can use this understanding in conjunction with his dedication to individual rights, to provide excellent representation during this difficult time in your life.

Call (614) 444-1900 to set up a free consultation to go over the specifics of your case in detail. Brian proudly serves those dealing with the criminal process in and around the central Ohio cities of Delaware, Ashley, Columbus, Dublin, Westerville, Plain City, Newark, Buckeye Lake, Utica, Baltimore, Bremen, Ashville, Circleville and Williamsport.