Resisting Arrest Under Florida Law
What happens if I resist an arrest?
The misdemeanor version of Resisting an Officer or Obstruction of Justice is found primarily in Chapter 843 of the Florida Statutes. The most frequently used is Section 843.02- “Resisting an officer without violence to his or her person.” That statute provides:
843.02 Resisting officer without violence to his or her person.–Whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any officer as defined in s.943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9); member of the Parole Commission or any administrative aide or supervisor employed by the commission; county probation officer; parole and probation supervisor; personnel or representative of the Department of Law Enforcement; or other person legally authorized to execute process in the execution of legal process or in the lawful execution of any legal duty, without offering or doing violence to the person of the officer, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082or s. 775.083.
Other offenses that are misdemeanors includes obstruction by disguised person (F.S. 843.03,) refusal to assist prison officers in apprehending an escape (F.S. 843.04,) resisting a timber agent (a Deputy Sheriff acting as timber agent), a misdemeanor under F.S. 843.05, and neglect or refusal to aid officers in the performance of their duties (F.S. 843.06.) There are others, but this gives a sample.
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