- struggling with a law enforcement officer to inhibit his use of handcuffs
- striking or kicking the officer
- spitting at an officer
- trying to avoid being put in a police car
- trying to prevent an officer from getting you into a holding cell
Law Enforcement Officers and EMTs
In fact, a "resisting arrest" charge is usually processed under the California Penal code section entitled "Resisting / Delaying / Obstructing an Officer or Emergency Medical Technician," so the same rules apply to EMTs, and the "Officer" can be a municipality's police officer, a county sheriff's department officer, or a California Highway Patrol officer.
Penalties for Resisting Arrest
With a conviction for misdemeanor resisting arrest, an individual may be sentenced for up to one year in County Jail and be fined up to $1,000. A felony conviction can result in a state prison sentence as high as three years. The more serious the conduct, the more likely that a felony will be charged.
Get an Experienced Defense Attorney
Not all attorneys know how to defend an individual charged with resisting arrest. If you're facing such a charge, schedule a consultation with Anna R. Yum, a criminal lawyer in san Diego, to discuss your circumstances and explore your options.