Resisting and Evading Arrest
Resisting arrest and evading arrest are two general charges for individuals who do not submit to arrest calmly and willingly. In Texas, these two crimes can span from class A misdemeanors to second degree felonies. The consequences of these charges can be significant.
Whether you have been charged with resisting arrest or evading arrest, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help defend your rights and freedoms. Contact a knowledgeable Dallas criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007 for a free consultation.
What is Resisting Arrest?
Resisting arrest includes attempting to flee from police officers, fighting against the arrest with physical force or by threatening an officer, or attacking law enforcement officials. Normally, this is a misdemeanor crime, but if you use a deadly weapon such as a gun, you can be charged with a felony.
Fleeing from the Law
Evading arrest is basically a more serious version of resisting arrest. You may attempt to flee from an officer on foot or in a vehicle. The level of your crime escalates with the amount of effort that you put into your escape. For instance, using a motor vehicle can lead to a felony. If anyone is hurt in the process, you may be charged with a third degree felony.
Frustratingly, police may charge you with resisting arrest even if they have used excessive force against you. However, it is unjust for law enforcement officials to cover up this mistreatment. If you have been charged with resisting arrest or evading arrest, you need the help of a legal professional. To discuss your case, contact an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.