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Obstruction & Resisting Arrest


When a person has an argument or dispute with a police officer who is on duty, the encounter sometimes ends with charges of obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.Depending on the circumstances, obstruction of justice can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.  Fortunately, merely upsetting or disagreeing with a police officer is not a crime.  Virginia law requires a court to find you guilty of obstruction of justice only if you’ve done something to impede either the administration of justice or a police officer’s ability to do his job.

Resisting arrest is a class 1 misdemeanor with a maximum possible penalty of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.  In order for you to be convicted of resisting arrest, the prosecutor will have to prove you did something to prevent an officer from applying physical force against you or that you did something to prevent an officer with authority to arrest from taking you into custody after he told you that you were under arrest.

Obstruction of justice and resisting arrest are two charges where you will need an attorney to help you in court.  In both cases, prosecutors often ask a judge for active or suspended jail time in addition to a fine.

If you’ve been charged with obstruction of justice or resisting arrest, call The Law Office of Jennifer Raimo to schedule a free consultation.  You will speak with an experienced, compassionate attorney who will help you evaluate your case and pursue the best result possible.