In California, the charge of resisting an officer is closely related to resisting arrest. The law prevents an individual from delaying, resisting or obstructing the work of a law enforcement officer or an emergency medical technician. There are a wide variety of behaviors included under this charge, some of which include hassling the officers while someone you know is being arrested, struggling with officers while they attempt to put handcuffs on and using a false name when the officer asks.
Having a Resisting an Officer arrest on your record is conflicting for every other area of your life. When a potential boss would see the charge on a record, it might lead the employer to believe that you don’t have respect for authority, and that is not good for their business. Resisting an officer might also stand in the way of obtaining a visa or permanent residency. It is best to consult with a criminal defense attorney and discuss the details of the arrest and your rights as a California citizen.
In the state of California, resisting an officer can be a misdemeanor or a felony. When no other offense has been charged with it, the individual may have up to one year in the county jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines as penalties. Many people charged with resisting an officer were innocent; so fill out a free consultation form to begin your criminal defense against the charge.