Resisting Arrest And Obstruction | PC 148(a)1

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Resisting Arrest And Obstruction | LA Criminal Defense

Are you being accused of failing to obey an officer’s command or were you arrested for simply arguing with police over their handling of a situation? If so, you were likely arrested for PC 148(a)(1) – Resisting Arrest or Obstruction of Justice. Defined by California Penal Code as:

Every person who willfully resists, delays, or
obstructs any public officer, peace officer, or an emergency medical
technician, as defined in Division 2.5 (commencing with Section 1797)
of the Health and Safety Code, in the discharge or attempt to
discharge any duty of his or her office or employment is guilty of resisting arrest or obstruction of justice.

Also referred to as “Delaying An Officer’s Investigation”, this criminal offense is prosecuted as a straight misdemeanor, meaning it can not be elevated to a felony and often involves either a tense verbal, and sometimes physical, exchange with law enforcement or simply not obeying a police officer’s order immediately.

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California Penalties For Resisting Arrest Or Obstruction

As a straight misdemeanor, PC 148(a)(1) can only be prosecuted as a misdemeanor unless aggravating circumstances exist in your case such as resisting arrest or obstructing by way of threat or violence. In that circumstance, you would likely be charged with a felony PC 69 – Resisting An Executive Officer. Whereas in circumstances involving allegations that you initiated physical contact with a peace officer, you would likely be charged with a misdemeanor PC 243(b) – Battery on a Peace Officer. The following are the potential penalties you face if charged with a misdemeanor Resisting Arrest or Obstruction:

  • Up to 1 year in County Jail
  • Up $1,000 fine
  • Informal or summary probation (unsupervised)
  • Court ordered anger management counseling
  • Community labor or service
  • Loss of professional licensing or credential

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