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Penalties for Resisting Arrest in Greenwich

Resisting arrest in Greenwich is taken seriously by Greenwich law enforcement. The penalties for such a fine can sometimes be severe, and an individual may find it complex to argue down this sort of charge on their own.

If you are facing penalties for resisting an arrest in Greenwich, it is critical that you consult with an attorney immediately. An experienced lawyer will be able to help lessen or dismiss any consequences associated with your charge.

Potential Penalties

For the misdemeanor classification of the charge, the penalty is up to one year in prison, up to a $2,000 fine, or both. Further, in lieu of any term of prison or in addition to a partial term of prison, a person can be given probation of up to two years.

If it is the felony classification of the charge, then the penalty for resisting arrest in Greenwich would be up to five years in prison. The fine would be up to $600 and probation of up to three years.

As a further condition of probation for a Greenwich resisting arrest charge, an individual could be sentenced to perform community service.

Possible Outcomes of the Case

The potential outcomes for a criminal charge of resisting arrest in Greenwich could vary. It could be any amount of a fine or a combination of probation with certain conditions put in place, or incarceration and any combination of the different amounts. Aside from that, if it is a person's first time offending but they had never been convicted of a crime in the past, that person may be eligible for one or more court diversionary programs, the most notable of which is called Accelerated Rehabilitation.

Accelerated Rehabilitation

Accelerated Rehabilitation is a program that is offered by the Connecticut legislature and by the court for a person that has otherwise very good morals, a clean record based on their behavior and the nature of the incident, and appears to be somebody that will not likely offend again in the future. Essentially, somebody that just had a bad day or acted out of character may be given this opportunity to use the Accelerated Rehabilitation program.

If an individual is given that opportunity, then they are placed in the program for any amount of time between one day and two years. During that period of time, they have to satisfy one or more conditions put on by the court. Those conditions will always consist of not getting arrested or in trouble during that period of time, but can consist of other conditions like community service, anger management, or anything else that might be appropriate under the circumstances.

If at the end of that period of time that person has successfully completed and satisfied all of the conditions of the court, the charges will get dismissed. This means that these charges are forever erased, and will be removed from an individual’s record entirely.

Other than that, the only other outcome for a resisting arrest charge in Greenwich is that the attorney gets the case dismissed because of some lack of evidence of an essential element, some other legal reason to dismiss it or, if, after a trial, the person is found not guilty.