What is Interfering with an Officer?
Under C.G.S. § 53a-167a, a person can be arrested in Connecticut for interfering with an officer when he or she obstructs, resists, hinders, or endangers any peace officer, special policeman, motor vehicle inspector, or fireman in the performance of their duties.
What Kind of Conduct in Interfering with an Officer in Connecticut?
As any of the best Connecticut criminal defense lawyers could explain, something as simple as asking an officer for his name and badge number, cursing at an officer during an argument, or asking to have your handcuffs loosened can result (albeit unfairly) in a CT interfering charge.
Is Interfering with an Officer a Felony in Connecticut?
Sometimes. If your actions do not cause serious physical injury or death, then interfering is a Class A misdemeanor. Under CGS § 53a-167a, an interfering arrest exposes you to up to one year in jail, probation and a maximum $2,000 fine. If the alleged interference causes serious physical injury or death, interfering is a Class D felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, probation and a max $5,000 fine. A felony conviction can make it difficult to secure a job in the future, and the stigma in social situations of being a convicted felon can be just as bad as the jail time.
How Can I Get My Connecticut Interfering with Police / Resisting Arrest Charge Dismissed?
Many of the top Connecticut criminal defense attorneys lawyers can fight Interference with Police charges by subpoenaing and examining police bodycam footage and filing motions to preserve evidence and bodycam recordings, speaking with witnesses, and diving into each police officer’s personnel file to try and find ways to resolve your case without a criminal record.
Additionally, you may be eligible for a pretrial diversionary program known as Accelerated Rehabilitation or “AR” which, if granted and successfully completed, will result in the dismissal and expungement of your case.
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Most Connecticut arrests for Interfering with Police CGS 53a-167a are published on the police blotter pages of online newspapers on the internet. Even worse, they show up on Google searches. The Mark Sherman Law Firm is a proven and nationally recognized leader internet scrubbing. So if you’d like to hear more on how we can help you get your CT criminal charges off the internet, call us today.
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