Resisting Arrest in Colorado - C.R.S. 18-8-103

Resisting Arrest Charges in Denver and All of Colorado

Resisting arrest in Colorado occurs when a person knowingly prevents or attempts to prevent a peace officer, acting under color of his official authority, from effecting an arrest of the actor or another by: using or threatening physical force or violence, or using any other means that creates a substantial risk of causing bodily injury to the police officer or another. Resisting arrest is a Class 2 misdemeanor and can be found at C.R.S. 18-8-103. If the police officer is injured in through your resisting, you can be charged with a mandatory prison charge of assault in the second degree, C.R.S. 18-3-203.

This charge typically results when a person tries to escape custody through verbal threats or forceful contact with the police or government agent. If the person is convicted of resisting arrest in Arapahoe County or in Denver, Adams County, Jefferson County, Douglas County and other Colorado counties, he or she will likely face several different penalties. He or she could be sentenced to jail, fined, placed in a community service program or even placed on probation for many months. A conviction for this crime can have devastating consequences and future negative repercussions in our tight job and housing market.

How to Handle an Arrest to Be Safe

Generally speaking, it is best to submit to police authority, even if you feel the arrest is not proper. The Lakewood, Colorado police officer is not a good person to talk to about the arrest or to try and talk out of the arrest. Once the police officer has made his decision to arrest you or if he or she is investigating your conduct, you should always remain silent. Statements that you make to police are generally admissible against you at trial. Submission to Golden, Colorado, police conducting an arrest does not mean that you agree with their decision to arrest or that you will be found guilty at trial. When facing an arrest, it is important to remember that the arrest is not the end of your case - but only the beginning.

Contact Us for Help You Can Trust

Resisting arrest is a serious crime with serious consequences. If you or a loved one has been charged with resisting arrest in Denver or anywhere else in Colorado, call a criminal lawyer who will defend you from the government. The lawyers at O'Malley Law Office, P.C., focus solely on criminal law. When confronted by police who are looking to arrest you, the best thing to do is to remain calm, be cooperative and do not say anything. The bottom line if you have been charged with resisting arrest allegations is to be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call us right away at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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