Wisconsin Resisting Arrest Lawyers in Milwaukee & Waukesha
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The jury instructions provide that in Wisconsin, a person charged with Resisting or Obstructing an Officer may be convicted if:
- The defendant resisted or obstructed an officer.
- The officer was doing an act in an official capacity.
- The officer was acting with lawful authority.
- The defendant knew that the officer was acting in an official capacity and with lawful authority and knew that his or her conduct would resist or obstruct the officer.
Wisconsin JI-Criminal 1765 & 1766.
*Resist an officer means to oppose the officer by force or threat of force. The resistance must be directed to the officer personally.
*Obstruct an officer means to prevent or make more difficult the performance of the officer's duties.
* Obstructs includes knowingly giving false information or knowingly placing physical evidence with intent to mislead the officer.
* Officer means a peace officer or other public officer or public employee having the authority by virtue of the officer's or employee's office or employment to take another into custody.
* Official capacity means duties that a person is employed to perform. Wis JI-Criminal 915.
Wisconsin Statute 946.41 defines resisting or obstructing an officer as follows:
Whoever knowingly resists or obstructs an officer while such officer is doing any act in an official capacity and with lawful authority.
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Resisting arrest and obstructing offenses in Wisconsin are serious crimes that subjects you to serious consequences. It can be a crime lie to a police officer, or to resist a police officer trying to arrest you in Wisconsin. If you are criminally charged in Milwaukee, Waukesha, elsewhere in SE WI with a resisting or obstructing and officer offense, you need tough representation. The criminal defense lawyers in Milwaukee and Waukesha, WI at Gamiño Law Offices have experience in various kinds of obstructing offenses, including resisting an officer.
Wisconsin Obstructing an Officer & Resisting Charges
Possible sentencing consequences when charged with resisting or obstructing an officer in Milwaukee, Waukesha or elsewhere in Wisconsin
If convicted of obstructing or resisting an officer in Wisconsin, that is generally a Class A Misdemeanor. However, it is a Class H Felony if the resisting or obstructing offense causes substantial bodily harm or a soft tissue injury to an officer. It is a Class G Felony if the resisting or obstructing causes great bodily harm to an officer.
Additionally, it is a Class H Felony if the following occurs as in an obstructing offense:
- The violator gives false information or places physical evidence with intent to mislead an officer.
- At a criminal trial, the trier of fact considers the false information or physical evidence.
- The trial results in the conviction of an innocent person.
It is our mission to be the best Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and the area - we guard you, your rights, your reputation, your job, your future, and your freedom! If you have been arrested or charged with a resisting or obstructing crime in Milwaukee, WI, or anywhere in Southeastern Wisconsin, call us right away. Any time you are under investigation in Wisconsin for a criminal offense, tell police officers that you wish to speak with an attorney immediately. Early intervention by an experienced Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer makes all the difference in the outcome of a criminal case in Wisconsin.
Not all criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin have the trial skills and ability to present a compelling case in court or negotiate a favorable plea agreement. At Gamiño Law Offices, our team of accomplished criminal trial and appellate attorneys have an impressive record of winning litigation skills, from pretrial motions to court or jury trials, and appeals. With more than 30 years of combined experience, we have the competent skill and aggressive ability necessary to get the results you need.
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