Evading and Resisting Arrest in Texas – What You Need to Know

Whether or not you have ever been arrested, you likely know that the more cooperative you are with the arresting police officers, the much easier the arrest and detention process will be.  Some individuals feel the need or urge to avoid being arrested, regardless of what the reason may be.  An individual who intentionally resists arrest by an officer may be facing a criminal charge that could have been easily prevented.  Further, if an individual runs away to evade police, he or she could face a criminal charge is also preventable, and both crimes could result in fines and potential jail time.

Some Texas residents believe that if they have not committed any crime, they cannot be arrested for anything at all.  They may use their innocence as a reason to either evade or resist being arrested, however, it is never a good idea to intentionally evade or resist arrest.  Whether you are guilty or innocent of a particular crime will be determined later on.  At the arrest stage, whether or not you are innocent should not prevent you from cooperating with police officers, as this will only cause you unnecessary legal trouble.

Penalties for Evading and Resisting Arrest in Texas

When an individual intentionally flees from a person he or she knows to be a peace officer who is attempting to lawfully arrest or detain the individual, he or she may be found guilty of evading arrest.  Under Texas law, evading arrest is considered a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of $500.  However, there are situations where a charge of evading arrest may be a more serious misdemeanor or even a felony if other factors are involved, such as the use of a vehicle to flee from police.

When an individual intentionally prevents or obstructs a person he or she knows to be a peace officer, he or she may be found guilty of resisting arrest.  Under Texas law, resisting arrest is considered a Class A misdemeanor which is fairly serious considering how easily a charge of resisting arrest can be prevented by simply cooperating with law enforcement officials.

Because charges of evading and/or resisting arrest can result in potential jail time, individuals who have been charged with evading or resisting arrest should take their criminal matter very seriously.  These are not criminal charges that should be dealt with alone.  You need a skilled and seasoned criminal defense attorney who can quickly evaluate your situation and help you fight your criminal charges, seeking to avoid jail time and the imposition of hefty fines.

 Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

Both evading and resisting arrest in Texas are serious crimes that may result in jail time and significant fines, regardless of what the reason was for the arrest.  Ignoring police instructions is one of the biggest mistakes individuals can make when they are facing arrest.  If you or a loved one has been charged with evading or resisting arrest in Texas, it is important that you have a qualified Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney standing by your side to advocate for you rights to the fullest extent possible.  Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has more than thirty years of experience working both as a former prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney.  Attorney Jack Pettit utilizes all resources available, and thoroughly investigates each and every client’s case with the same dedication to provide the best legal representation possible.  To discuss your criminal charge with Jack Pettit, contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation by calling (214) 521-4567.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.


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