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Resisting an Officer with Violence/Battery on an Officer

In Florida, any type of violence or assaultive attack against law enforcement will lead to very serious criminal charges. Resisting an officer using violence or committing battery on a law enforcement officer is a felony-level offense with harsh penalties. These life-altering consequences can include expensive fines and possible incarceration for years. 

If you or someone you know has been arrested for resisting an officer with violence or committing battery against a police officer, then it’s in your best interest to gain experienced legal counsel. Both crimes have the potential to uproot your life and put you behind bars. Having a skilled criminal defense attorney with a background in obstruction of justice cases on your side is the best way to fight back against these accusations. 

Defense Lawyer for Resisting an Officer with Violence in Pensacola, FL

Using violence, force against or committing battery on a police officer is a serious crime in the State of Florida. If you have been arrested for resisting an officer with violence or inflicting battery on a police officer, then your next step is you get in contact with Terrezza Law. 

John Terrezza has years of experience with obstruction of justice and violent crime cases. He can utilize his knowledge to build a sturdy defense for your case. Get in contact with him at (850) 764-5291 to set up your first consultation. Terrezza Law has represented clients throughout the greater Santa Rosa County and Escambia County area such as Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola, and Milton. 

Overview of Resisting an Officer & Battery on an Officer


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What Are the Penalties for Resisting an Officer with Violence in Florida?

Interfering, obstructing, opposing or resisting an officer in Florida will lead to criminal charges It’s important to know that the offense extends past general law enforcement officers. The crime of resisting an officer without violence also applies to the following people:

Resisting an officer using violence is considered a third-degree felony, which is punishable by:


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What Happens If You Commit Battery Against a Police Officer?

The State of Florida aggressively prosecutes anyone who has acted in a physically violent manner with law enforcement. If the court finds you have committed battery against a law enforcement officer, then you will face enhanced penalties as a result. Florida law defines the crime of battery as the following.

If you’re convicted of battery against a police officer, then you will face a third-degree felony. The penalties for a third-degree felony include the following:

Possessing a firearm or destructive device as defined under Florida Statute Section 790.001 during the commission of the crime will lead to a minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years. If you possessed a semiautomatic firearm and its high capacity detachable box magazine as defined under Section 790.001 during the commission of the offense , then you will be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 8 years.

Certain factors could elevate the penalties even further. If you used a deadly weapon during the crime or the officer sustained great bodily harm because of it, the court will enhance the charges to aggravated battery. Your crime will be reclassified from a third-degree felony to a first-degree felony, which is punishable by:


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Additional Resources 

National Police Accountability Project – Visit the official website for the non-profit organization known as NPAP or the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP), a group of people who are dedicated to protecting human and civil rights for those who have experienced police brutality. 

Florida Laws for Obstructing Justice – Visit the official website for the Florida Statutes to learn more about their laws on obstruction of justice. Access the site to learn what happens if you resist an officer without violence, impersonate an officer and other related crimes.


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Obstruction of Justice Defense Attorney in Escambia County & Santa Rosa County, FL

If you or someone you know has been arrested for resisting an officer without violence, then it’s important you seek legal representation as soon as possible. It may be in your best interest to contact Terrezza Law. John Terrezza is committed to giving the best possible legal representation to his clients and can use his experience to build a strong defense for your case.

Call him now at (850) 764-5291 and you can set up a free consultation where you can explore all your legal options. Terrezza Law will set up an appointment and begin the first few steps to setting up your formidable defense. Terrezza Law represents people throughout the greater Santa Rosa County and Escambia County area such as Navarre, Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze and Milton. 


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