Resisting And Obstructing A Police Officer

Elements of Offense - Ann Arbor, MI - Washtenaw County

The felony offense of Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer is a felony crime punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment. The offense of Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer is committed when a person knowingly and willingly resists, obstructs, opposes, assaults, or wounds a police officer in the performance of his/her duty. A person does not have the legal right currently to resist an unlawful arrest. However, if a person does not know that the person he/she is interacting with is a police officer, it is a defense to the charge of Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer. A typical sentence for this type of charge in Washtenaw County is 2-3 years on supervised probation with jail work program or community service and anger management treatment.

If a person commits the offense of Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer and bodily injury requiring medical attention for the police officer results, the charge will be increased to a 4-year felony offense. This type of charge will be more difficult to defend because the act of causing an injury to a police officer is taken very seriously by most judges in the criminal justice system. A typical sentence for Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer Resulting in Bodily Injury in Washtenaw County is 3-6 months in jail with 3 years supervised probation, jail work program or community service and anger management treatment. A person convicted of this felony offense will also lose the right to vote, the right to possess and use firearms, the right to serve on a jury, the ability to obtain certain professional licenses and obtain quality employment, the ability to obtain certain types of travel visas, and may be deported from the country.

If a person commits the offense of Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer and serious injury to the police officer results, the charge will be increased to a 10-year felony offense. This type of charge will be much more difficult to defend because the act of causing a potentially incapacitating injury to a police officer will be taken extremely seriously by most judges in the criminal justice system. A typical sentence for Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer Resulting in Bodily Injury in Washtenaw County is 2-3 years in prison with a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. A person convicted of this felony offense will also lose the right to vote, the right to possess and use firearms, the right to serve on a jury, the ability to obtain certain professional licenses and obtain quality employment, the ability to obtain certain types of travel visas, and may be deported from the country.

If a person commits the offense of Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer and causes the death of a police officer, the charge will be increased to a 20-year felony offense. This type of charge will be treated like a homicide case with the prosecution seeking the longest sentence possible. A typical sentence for Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer Causing Death in Washtenaw County will be 10-12 years imprisonment with only the possibility of parole after the minimum sentence is served out. The maximum prison sentence is 20 years for this offense. A person convicted of this felony offense will also lose the right to vote, the right to possess and use firearms, the right to serve on a jury, the ability to obtain certain professional licenses and obtain quality employment, the ability to obtain certain types of travel visas, and may be deported from the country.