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Category: Resisting Arrest


OCT. 17 2018
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force

Many people who have not had pleasant interactions with the police wonder if they have had excessive force used against them. Here we will clarify the laws behind the use of excessive force.

 

What is Excessive Force?

 

Excessive force refers to situations where government officials legally entitled to use force exceed the minimum amount necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others from harm. This can come up in different contexts, such as when handling prisoners or even during military operations. When it involves law enforcement, especially during an arrest, it’s also referred to …

APR. 27 2018
West Palm Beach Attorney | How to Behave During an Arrest
West Palm Beach Attorney | How to Behave During an Arrest

It’s unfortunate when it happens. But, if you find yourself under arrest, there’s certain behavior you should follow. And, while some of it seems like common sense, the truth is that you don’t know how you’ll react in a stressful situation like an arrest. So, instead of winding up absolutely needing a West Palm Beach attorney, follow these do’s and don’ts:

 

DO: Be Respectful

 

Even if a law enforcement officer is being what you would describe as a jerk, you still need to be careful. So, protect yourself by being respectful. This means being aware of your

JUNE  29 2017
Resisting Arrest: How to Act When Stopped By a Florida Officer
Resisting Arrest: How to Act When Stopped By a Florida Officer
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More and more, we hear news stories of people getting charged with resisting arrest, but what exactly does it mean to resist arrest?

 

Let’s look at an example of a Florida man who was arrested for resisting arrest after a traffic stop last month.

 

Just after midnight, a police officer saw a man leave a motel without stopping before pulling out into the road. The officer stopped the Chrysler Sebring and asked the Lakeland man for his license multiple times.

 

The man supposedly refused to give the officer his license because he wanted to know why he …

SEP. 2 2016
Your Rights When Resisting Arrest in Florida
Your Rights When Resisting Arrest in Florida
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When an officer confronts you, regardless of the situation or how innocent you are of any wrongdoing, you will likely feel intimated, nervous and uncertain as to how to react.  Further, when an officer is trying to arrest you for a crime that you did not commit, your understandable anger may reasonably motivate you to resist the officer.

 

But, if you act on these feelings by resisting the officer’s commands, you may find yourself in even more trouble – and you might be charged with additional crimes.

 

This doesn’t necessarily mean that those charges will lead to convictions, …