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Maryland Resisting Arrest Laws

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maryland resisting arrest lawsMany times a resisting arrest charge, or an interfering with an arrest charge, in Maryland started out as something much less serious but developed into a resisting arrest charge. Often times, a resisting arrest charge began as a routine traffic stop or some other type of common interaction with law enforcement. You may have had a bench warrant for your arrest in but not been aware of it. Perhaps you forgot to pay a traffic ticket or some other minor infraction. Once the cop sees that you have an outstanding bench warrant, they may arrest you. The circumstances could cause you to be non-compliant or confrontational. Since resisting arrest is always one of multiple charges, it is a good idea to consult with our Maryland criminal defense attorneys. They will put their in depth knowledge of Maryland resisting arrest laws to work for you.

Mandatory Minimum Penalties For Resisting Arrest In MD

A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if, with the intent of preventing a public servant from effecting a lawful arrest or discharging any other duty, the person creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to the public servant or anyone else, or employs means justifying or requiring substantial force to overcome the resistance.

Charges Associated With Resisting Arrest 

Resisting arrest is usually never the sole charge you are charged with in Pennsylvania. In order to resist arrest you have generally would be arrested for something else as well. Resisting arrest is usually a secondary or ancillary charge. Common primary charges are:


Drug charges


Theft and or robbery

Juvenile crimes

Crimes on college campuses such as University of Maryland, University of Baltimore and Towson University.

The state of Maryland considers resisting arrest either a misdemeanor. If you run from or evade police on foot it will most likely be a misdemeanor. If you use physical force, or assault, to resist arrest than the legal consequences may be more severe in Maryland.

Call A Columbia Maryland Criminal Attorney 

If you have been charged with resisting arrest in Maryland please call our team of Ellicott City, MD criminal defense attorneys. They offer free, and confidential, consultations.

Serving the Annapolis, Baltimore, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Essex, Fulton, Highland, Jessup, North Laurel, Scaggsville, Severna Park and Westminster, MD areas.

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