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If you or a loved one has been charged with resisting arrest in Rhode Island, you should contact an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense attorney at Abilheira Law, LLC as soon as possible. We can help fight to protect your rights and save you from harsh penalties.

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What Does it Mean to “Resist Arrest”?

In Rhode Island, it is unlawful for any person to use force or any weapon in resisting a legal or an illegal arrest by a peace officer.

Under Rhode Island law, a peace officer is classified as:

  • A member of the Rhode Island State Police
  • An associate of the local or municipal police department
  • Rhode Island airport corporation police, capitol police, conservation officers
    and fire marshals
  • A recognized college campus security personnel
  • An officer who works in the sheriff’s department
  • The attorney general
  • A recognized investigator or correctional officer
  • A warden or sergeant

What Are the Penalties in RI?

Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor in Rhode Island. As such, any person found guilty of violating ยง 12-7-10 of the Rhode Island General Laws will face serious penalties. If charged with resisting arrest, you could be facing:

  • Up to $500 in fines
  • Imprisonment for up to one year.

If a person is found guilty of resisting arrest in Rhode Island, a criminal conviction will appear on their criminal record. To avoid damaging your career, reputation and family, contact an experienced Rhode Island Criminal lawyer who can defend your rights in court. When you work with us, we carefully review every detail about your arrest. We draw from our extensive knowledge of the law to build a defense that stands strong in court. Whether through strategic plea negotiations or aggressive trial tactics, we work relentlessly to defend you!

Arrested? Call Our Firm for Reliable Counsel!

Whether you have been charged with resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, or even disorderly conduct, our Rhode Island criminal defense lawyers are ready to help. Don’t wait any longer to get the insightful, qualified, and experienced counsel you need to protect your rights!

Contact our firm today at (401) 245-5100 to schedule your free, confidential consultation with our team. We are prepared defend your rights!