We all have a right to live freely without unjustified interference from the state or authorities. However, this is not necessarily easy for law enforcement to do while they attempt to prevent criminal activity.
Law enforcement can get things wrong, and you may be confronted while simply minding your own business. The natural reaction in this scenario would be to protest your innocence. However, if you are a suspect, this is unlikely to work. You may find yourself being arrested if police officers have set their sights on you. Should you resist?
Resisting arrest is a crime
When facing arrest, the last thing you want to do is add more charges. Resisting arrest is a crime in itself in Pennsylvania, and the penalties can be severe. If the struggle becomes physical, then you are placing both yourself and law enforcement at risk of injury. If an officer is harmed because of your conduct, you may even be arrested for assault.
If you have been wrongfully arrested, then you may be able to pursue a civil claim for false arrest further down the line. However, if you have resisted. then you seriously jeopardize any claims you might have. Resisting is likely to provide officers with probable cause, which is all they need to show that the arrest was justified under the circumstances.
Although it can be extremely difficult, it is important to remain calm and patient during an arrest. Rash or aggressive actions will only make matters worse. Ultimately, you will have your chance to present your case and with the appropriate knowledge and conduct on your side, the outcome could be favorable.