What is Resisting Arrest?
If you’re like many people, you’ve heard the term “resisting arrest.” But what does it mean, and what happens if you resist arrest in Wisconsin? This guide explains.
What is Resisting Arrest in Wisconsin?
In Wisconsin, it is a crime to intentionally obstruct or resist an officer while they are performing their official duties. This includes everything from actively fleeing or fighting with an officer to simply refusing to comply with their orders.
What are the Penalties for Resisting Arrest in Wisconsin?
The penalties for resisting arrest in Wisconsin depend on the specific circumstances of the case. If you resist arrest and the officer is not harmed, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to 9 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
If your resistance causes injuries to the officer, you will be charged with a felony. The penalties for this crime include up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
In some cases, you may also be charged with additional crimes, such as disorderly conduct or battery.
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What Should You Do if Police Arrest You?
If the police arrest you, it is important to remain calm and comply with the officer. Don’t fight, run or even argue – doing so could result in serious criminal charges (on top of those that you’re already facing). If you’re unlawfully arrested, don’t worry; your attorney can help sort it out later.
Here are a few more tips for what to do if you’re being arrested:
- Don’t try to reason with the police – they’re not interested in your side of the story.
- Don’t argue with the police. They may try to get you to confess to a crime, and in the best-case scenario, they take you to jail despite your protests.
- Don’t lie to the police. If they catch you in a lie, it will only make things worse for you.
- Comply with the officer’s orders. If you don’t, you could be charged with resisting arrest.
- Don’t say anything except “I’d like to speak to an attorney.” You have the right to remain silent, so use it. The things you say now – even if you’re innocent – can come back to haunt you later.
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Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Resisting Arrest Charges?
If the police have accused you of resisting arrest in Wisconsin, we may be able to help you. Call our office at 414-383-6700 now to schedule your consultation.