Representing Clients Accused of Failing to Comply With the Police
All too often, the victims of police misconduct end up getting charged with resisting arrest. If you have been accused of this offense, you could be facing a jail sentence, a criminal record and other serious consequences. You need an experienced attorney to make sure the police are held accountable for their actions.
At The Law Office of Charles B. Smith, we aggressively defend clients who have been accused of police obstruction. San Mateo resisting arrest defense lawyer Charles B. Smith is a former police officer and former prosecutor, with more than 25 years of criminal law experience.
Making Sure You Are Treated With Respect and Fairness
Police officers have a tendency to get angry when people do not do what they want them to. If you hire our firm to represent you, we will make sure your side of the story is told. Factors such as the following may help you avoid a conviction for resisting arrest:
- You were reacting to excessive force on the part of the police.
- You simply spoke up in response to what the police were doing.
- You did what the police asked you to do, but not quickly enough.
- You had a legitimate reason to run away from the police.
Under California law, your defense lawyer has the ability to use what is called a Pitchess motion to obtain the personnel records of the officers who arrested you. We are experienced at investigating these cases with the goal of getting our clients' charges dismissed or reduced.
Mr. Smith is frequently called upon to train police and local students in criminal investigation procedures. He knows what is appropriate and what is inappropriate when the police are trying to arrest someone, and he will ensure that your rights are protected.
Call a San Francisco Police Obstruction Attorney at 650-425-7703
If you have been charged with resisting arrest in California, it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 650-425-7703 or e-mail us. We accept credit cards, are available outside of regular business hours, and regularly visit our clients who are in jail.