Our client was arrested for beating his sister and breaking her arm. While being arrested he allegedly resisted arrest and the police officer broke his arm in the process. At trial, even though the officer and multiple other officers and witnesses testified that our client resisted and battered the officer, our client was found not guilty of battery on the officer (a Level 5 felony) and was also found not guilty of resisting arrest. He was also found not guilty of Level 5 felony battery on his sister for good measure. It was a most unlikely outcome. How did it happen? Experience and quick thinking while on our feet at trial. Particularly a moment in the cross-examination of the police officer. A powerful closing statement plus strategic lawyering also put the client in the position to win the case.
Resisting Law Enforcement (RLE) is a common charge. Many lawyers back down at the thought of having to defend a client against the words of a police officer. However, by taking depositions, watching video and making the right legal arguments, we may be able to win even the most difficult cases. We can’t guarantee that you will win an RLE case if you are ever charged because it is difficult. However, experience matters and so does a willingness to go to trial if the right offer is not made to resolve the case. If you are accused of RLE you may be in an uphill battle, but with the right team and the right defense you may find yourself surprised at the outcome. Contact The Criminal Defense Team at (317) 687-8326 to speak to a law firm that has several Board Certified* attorneys and is not afraid to back down from a fight.