Resisting Arrest in Maryland

ARE YOU CHARGED WITH resisting arrest?

We're here to help. You are perfectly allowed to resist an illegal arrest, and we've won cases on that ground, as well as on other more technical reasons. We'll take a win any way we can get it. Call or email today, your license may depend on it!

WHAT should i do first?

You should immediately talk to Mr. Cleckner. He's available 24/7 for a free telephone consultation or to set up an in-person appointment. We should immediately begin investigating and subpoenaing witnesses, video evidence and any other items that may help your case. Often, officers also have video cameras in their vehicles that can expose lies and inconsistencies and help us win cases.


We'd be happy to discuss your options with you. We handle all facets of criminal and jailable traffic defense, and if we can't answer your questions, we'll do some research or find someone who can answer them.


Resisting Arrest Law


CRIMINAL LAW TITLE 9. CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SUBTITLE 4. HARBORING, ESCAPE, AND CONTRABAND PART I. HARBORING AND ESCAPE Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 9-408 (2014) § 9-408. Resisting or interfering with arrest (a) "Police officer" defined. -- In this section, "police officer" means an individual who is authorized to make an arrest under Title 2 of the Criminal Procedure Article. (b) Prohibited. -- A person may not intentionally: (1) resist a lawful arrest; or (2) interfere with an individual who the person has reason to know is a police officer who is making or attempting to make a lawful arrest or detention of another person. (c) Penalty. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $ 5,000 or both. (d) Unit of prosecution. -- The unit of prosecution for a violation of this section is based on the arrest or detention regardless of the number of police officers involved in the arrest or detention. HISTORY: 2004, chs. 118, 119.