All police officers in Colorado have a right to arrest any person who they believe has committed a crime. They also have a right to use force when necessary—in order to make that arrest. If you knowingly prevent or attempt to prevent an officer from placing you under arrest, you could be charged with resisting arrest.
In the State of Colorado, resisting arrest is defined as using or threatening physical force or violence to prevent an arrest. This could be evading police on a high-speed chase or fighting back when an officer tries to put you in handcuffs. Resisting arrest is a Class 2 misdemeanor, unless the officer is injured at the time. If the officer sustains an injury because you were resisting arrest, then you will be charged with assault in the second degree.
If you are convicted of resisting arrest in Colorado, you could face severe penalties and consequences, including jail time, excessive fines, and lengthy probation. In general, it is always best to submit to police authority—even if you believe you are innocent. Once you have been arrested, you can call an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you and protect your rights. Until then, it is best to submit to the arrest and remain silent. Never try and talk your way out of an arrest. What you say can—and will—be used against you in a court of law.
If you have been arrested for a crime in Boulder, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, call our law firm immediately. Our attorneys believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and we work diligently to build a defense against these serious charges. Protecting your freedom and your future is our only objective.
A police officer can accuse you of resisting arrest for a number of reasons, including:
• Refusing to stop your vehicle
• Trying to outrun a police car
• Assaulting or hitting a police officer
• Threatening a police officer verbally or physically
• Drawing a weapon
• Fleeing or attempting to flee while an officer is making an arrest
• Struggling while an officer is attempting to restrain you
• Providing false identification to an officer
• And more
Contact Our Boulder Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been accused of resisting arrest, it is important to call an experienced Boulder criminal defense lawyer immediately. Contact the Boulder criminal defense lawyers at Steven Louth Law Offices today for a free consultation and review of your case. Call us at (303) 422-2297 or contact us online to start building a solid defense against these serious criminal charges.