Resisting Or Obstructing A Police Officer


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We Offer Experienced Defense In Resisting Or Obstructing A Police Officer Charges

The legal team at Shifrin Law Group in Chicago is committed to protecting your rights and best interests. Our team has extensive knowledge and the specific defense experience required for successful guidance through the legal process. Get the client-centered, results-driven representation you deserve.

What The Law Defines As Resistance

In Illinois, resisting arrest applies when a person “knowingly resists or obstructs the performance of a police officer during the officer’s performance of an authorized act in his or her official capacity.”

This definition covers a wide range of verbal and physical conduct. Examples of resisting arrest can include:

  • Pulling away from the officer
  • Refusing to put your hands behind or back
  • Fleeing from an officer

Because the statute is so vaguely worded, any action that impedes the officer’s attempt to arrest you can constitute resisting arrest.

What The Law Defines As Obstruction

Obstructing a police officer, on the other hand, generally involves any action that prevents an officer from doing their job.

Examples of obstructing a police officer include:

  • Not clearing the scene of a crime when instructed to do so
  • Providing police with false information
  • Destroying, altering or concealing evidence

Resisting or obstructing a police officer is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois and is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. A sentence of supervision is not available for this crime, making the minimum sentence a conviction which will create a permanent record that cannot be expunged. Our team is prepared to take on related felony offenses as well.

Discuss Your Options With An Attorney Who Is Skilled In The Defense Of These Charges

If you have been charged with resting arrest or obstructing a police officer, reach out to us as soon as possible. These types of charges can lead to serious penalties, and it is important for you to have an attorney with a solid criminal defense practice to help you navigate your legal future. Call 312-766-4223 or complete our online form to learn how we can help. We offer a free consultation so you can better understand your rights and can provide service in the English and Russian language.