What is the penalty for resisting arrest in Phoenix?
A.R.S. 13-2508According to Arizona Revised Statute 13-2508 a person commits resisting arrest by intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent a person reasonably known to him to be a peace officer, acting under color of such peace officer's official authority, from effecting an arrest by:
- Using or threatening to use physical force against the peace officer or another.
- Using any other means creating a substantial risk of causing physical injury to the peace officer or another.
- Engaging in passive resistance. "Passive resistance" means a nonviolent physical act or failure to act that is intended to impede, hinder or delay the effecting of an arrest.
Defying arrest penalties in ArizonaThe charges for challenging an arrest are dependent on whether or not you have a prior felony conviction(s).
If you have no prior felonies, the punishment can result in one of three things.
- Up to 3 years of probation
- Up to three years of probation and up to one year in county jail
- .33 - 2 years in prison
- If the accused has one prior felony, the prison sentence is .75 - 2.75 years
- If two or more priors the prison sentence is 2.25 - 5.75 years
If you have been charged with resisting arrest it is imperative that you seek legal counsel with a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix.
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