Resisting Arrest (ARS 13-2508)

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Whether in the Phoenix area, or anywhere in Arizona, per ARS 13-2508 “Resisting Arrest” occurs when a person intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a person “reasonably” known to him to be Peace Officer and acting in his official authority, from effectuating an arrest by either using, or threatening to use physical force against the Peace Officer or another person, or using any other means creating a substantial risk of causing physical injury to the Peace Officer or another.

The statute is very broad, and criminalizes a wide range of conduct. Merely pulling away from an officer after they have grabbed you, or taking an offensive posture (i.e., a “fighting stance”) towards the officer when he/she is attempting to place you into custody are grounds for a Resisting Arrest charge.

Need a Phoenix Lawyer for Resisting Arrest? Contact David Michael Cantor if you have been charged with Resisting Arrest. Call 602-307-0808 for a Free Consultation.

Possible Punishment for Resisting Arrest

Resisting Arrest is a class six (6) felony. For a first offense a class six (6) felony, punishment can be probation with zero (0) days up to one (1) year in jail, or prison of four (4) months to two (2) years of incarceration. If the person has one (1) historical allegeable prior felony conviction, then the “prison only” range is nine (9) months to two and three quarters (2.75) years in prison. If the person has two (2) historical allegeable prior felony convictions, then the “prison only” range is two and one quarter (2.25) to five and three quarters (5.75) years of incarceration.

Possible Defenses Against Resisting Arrest Charges

Resisting Arrest is one of the most easily defendable crimes charged in Arizona. All of the defenses to Resisting Arrest center around the defendant’s “Lack of Intent” to prevent the officer from effectuating an arrest. This occurs when the defendant is unaware that the person is a Peace Officer, thinks the officer has no grounds for a lawful arrest because he is acting outside of his authority, or is simply unaware that the officer is attempting to place him under arrest. For example, if an officer merely walks up and grabs your shoulder or arm from behind or turns you around for handcuffing, (without properly identifying himself or stating that he is placing you under arrest) and you react by pulling away, then you are not truly resisting his attempt because you did not know what he was doing. Many times officers find anything other than complete compliance to be justification for citing a citizen for Resisting Arrest. This is simply not the case. It is important to fight these allegations in order to prevent a simple underlying misdemeanor traffic stop from turning into a felony conviction.

Additional Defenses

Additionally, because our law firm fights conviction from all angles, we would assert a wide range of defenses and challenges to constitutional violations that apply in all criminal cases. The possibilities are numerous and diverse. One of those we frequently assert is a “Miranda rights violation.” In Arizona, the standard of whether any incriminating statement (i.e., a statement which tends to admit guilt) is admissible into evidence is based upon a “voluntariness” standard. If we can demonstrate that the police coerced you (i.e., intimidated or tricked you) into making a confession or inculpatory statement, or that they did not properly read you your Miranda Rights, then we can suppress those statements and any evidence gathered as a direct result of those statements. In addition, the “denial of right to Counsel” is another common defense which is often raised. This occurs when a suspect is in custody and requests to speak to their attorney, but is denied and questioning continues. Other defenses may include challenging the validity of any search warrant, or whether there were any “forensic flaws” during the investigation of your case. Depending on what else you have been charged with, this could include exposing flawed procedures regarding blood, breath, and urine testing; fingerprints analysis; DNA testing; ballistics; gunshot residue testing; etc.. Lastly, one of the most common defense tactics is exposing sloppy or misleading police reports which include everything from misstatements, false statements, flawed photo line-ups and inaccurate crime scene reconstruction. It is important to hire a skilled Resisting Arrest lawyer to defend you who has knowledge of all the possible defenses to assert in your case.

Board Certified Criminal Law Specialization

Board Certified Mesa DUI Specialists

As of the start of 2023, the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization listed only 56 Criminal Law Specialists in the entire state.  Of these 56, only 39 are located in Maricopa County and are allowed to handle private cases.

DM Cantor has 3 Criminal Law Specialists, the most of any firm in Arizona.  When defending Resisting Arrest allegations, it is critical to have as many Specialists on your legal team as is possible.

The specialization process is so rigorous that only 23 current Criminal Law Specialists were certified in the last 20 years.  In addition, all specialists must be approved for re-certification every 5 years.

At DM Cantor, our Specialists have conducted Jury Trials on countless Resisting Arrest crime cases.

Every case defended by DM Cantor includes at least 1 Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist on the legal team who is directly handling or supervising the case’s progress.

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Why Hire a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist?

When confronted with resisting arrest charges in Arizona, the decision to hire a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case. Resisting arrest allegations can escalate quickly and lead to serious consequences, underscoring the necessity of having a skilled criminal defense attorney who specializes in this area of law. A Board Certified Specialist possesses a comprehensive understanding of Arizona law, the protocols surrounding arrests, and the nuances of resisting arrest charges, allowing them to offer a strategic defense tailored to your unique circumstances.

Resisting arrest incidents can vary widely, and the penalties associated with such charges can be severe. A Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, like those at the DM Cantor law firm, is equipped to analyze the details of your arrest and subsequent events to ensure that your rights were upheld and proper procedures were followed. Their expertise extends to evaluating whether the arresting officer’s actions were within the boundaries of the law, which can be crucial when crafting a solid defense strategy. By engaging a specialist, you gain an attorney who is well-versed in defending clients against resisting arrest charges, mitigating potential repercussions and advocating for your rights.

Navigating the complexities of resisting arrest charges demands an attorney who is not only well-versed in Arizona law but also specializes in criminal defense. A Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist possesses the knowledge and experience to address the intricate legal intricacies surrounding resisting arrest allegations. By hiring a specialist, you are investing in an advocate who will tirelessly analyze the circumstances of your arrest, challenge any unjust actions, and develop a robust defense tailored to your case. In the face of resisting arrest charges, having a dedicated specialist on your side can mean the difference between a favorable resolution and enduring the potential consequences of such charges.

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Contact DM  Cantor and speak to a Phoenix Lawyer for Resisting Arrest  for a Free Initial Consultation , call us at 602-307-0808. . We will assist you with your Resisting Arrest case.

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