Resisting arrest

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In some countries, resisting arrest is a criminal charge against a person who has ran away from a criminal offense.[1]

What they did[change | change source]

A person resisting arrest has done, depending on the jurisdiction, at least one of the following acts:

  • fleeing a police officer while being arrested
  • threatening a police officer with physical violence while being arrested
  • physically struggling to free oneself from being restrained (handcuffed or put into the police vehicle)
  • attacking a police officer while being arrested
  • providing an officer with false identification (either verbally or by presentation of a false official document, i.e. a fake ID)

Background[change | change source]

The website Resisting Arrest stated that not all arrests are lawful and based upon probable cause. However, an attempt at resisting arrest can lead to additional charges.

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