Resisting Arrest

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According to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), an individual is guilty of resisting arrest when he or she “intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a peace officer from lawfully arresting” him or her. This offense is charged as a misdemeanor in Washington and can result in serious punishments if you are convicted. In many cases an individual can be facing charges of resisting arrest in conjunction with other charges such as DUIcriminal trespassingdomestic violence or other similar offenses. When a law enforcement agent approaches you and attempts to subdue you and put you under arrest, your actions when you are emotional, angry or otherwise upset can be easily misinterpreted and you can be facing this type of charge. 

If you are convicted of resisting arrest, the penalties can include $1,000 in fines and up to a 90 days in jail. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you could face different penalties if you are also charged with other crimes. When you have been charged with a crime, it is important that you do everything you can to defend yourself. It is crucial that you speak with a Seattle criminal defense attorney at our firm who has the experience and knowledge that you need in order to build a solid defense.


By hiring a professional and experienced attorney from our law offices, you can rest assured that we will do everything possible to fully investigate every facet of your arrest and the actions leading up to it. It is important that each aspect of your case is researched in order to provide you with the best possible defense. The attorneys at Baker, Lewis, Schwisow & Laws, PLLC are knowledgeable and have helped countless individuals to achieve a positive outcome in a vast range of criminal offense cases.

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