If you have been charged with resisting officer with violence in Florida, then you may have a defense. Even if you don’t think you have a defense, you should always speak to an attorney to make sure you have a full understanding of how the law applies specifically to your case. If you want to know more about how to beat your resisting case in Florida, contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.
Resisting an officer with violence in Florida is defined under Florida Statute 843.01. A person commits the crime of resisting an officer with violence when they knowingly and willfully resist, obstruct, or oppose a law enforcement officer by threatening violence or engaging in violent conduct against a law enforcement officer that is engaged in the lawful execution of a legal duty.
Resisting an officer with violence is a third-degree felony, meaning you can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison, or up to 5 years on probation and up to $5,000 in fines (you can also be sentenced to a jail sentence followed by probation but the total length of the sentence cannot exceed 5 years).
Criminal convictions, especially convictions involving violence against law enforcement, carry severe consequences and can never be removed from your criminal record. If you are convicted of a felony you will lose your right to vote, your right to own firearms, and your ability to maintain certain business licenses. You can also lose your ability to receive financial aid, your ability to live in certain places and your ability to obtain a passport.
If you need an attorney who will advise you, fight for your rights, and do everything possible to protect your future, or if someone you know has been charged with resisting an officer with violence in Florida then contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.