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Resisting arrest

At Martinicchio Criminal Defense Group, we understand the gravity of facing a resisting arrest charge. Our experienced team of criminal defense attorneys is here to ensure that your rights are protected and to provide you with an aggressive defense strategy. With our unwavering dedication and expertise, we have successfully defended countless clients facing similar charges. Resisting arrest is a serious offense, but it does not mean you are automatically guilty. Let us fight for you and help you navigate the complexities of the legal system.

Pre-Trial Phase

During the pre-trial phase, our first priority is to conduct a thorough case evaluation and analysis. We leave no stone unturned as we gather evidence that will strengthen your defense. Our team diligently investigates the circumstances surrounding your arrest, scrutinizing witness testimonies, surveillance footage, audio recordings, police reports, and any other relevant documentation. By meticulously examining the evidence, we aim to identify any inconsistencies or violations of your constitutional rights.

Defining Resisting Arrest

To mount an effective defense, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of what constitutes resisting arrest. Our team is well-versed in the legal elements required for a conviction, and we strategically work to challenge those elements. We carefully assess the evidence to demonstrate that you lacked the intent to resist or obstruct the arresting officer. Furthermore, we explore the validity of the arrest itself, assessing whether there was probable cause or any potential violations of your rights. In cases where excessive force was used by law enforcement, we vigorously argue for your defense.

Our Defense Strategy:

Invalid Arrest or Lack of Probable Cause:

We diligently analyze the circumstances leading to your arrest, searching for any indications of an invalid arrest or the absence of probable cause. By exposing any flaws in the arresting officer's actions, we can challenge the legitimacy of the arrest itself.

Mistaken Identity:

If there is any possibility of mistaken identity, we work tirelessly to investigate and gather evidence to establish your innocence. Our team will meticulously examine witness statements and surveillance footage to disprove any allegations against you.

False Allegations or Fabrication of Evidence:

Unfortunately, false allegations and fabrication of evidence are not uncommon. We diligently examine all available evidence to identify any inconsistencies or discrepancies, exposing any attempts to falsely incriminate you.

Self-Defense or Defense of Others:

If you were acting in self-defense or defense of others during the incident, we will vigorously argue that your actions were justified. Our team will thoroughly investigate the circumstances and gather supporting evidence to establish your claim.

Duress or Necessity:

In some cases, individuals may find themselves in situations where resisting arrest was the result of duress or necessity. We will explore these defenses, providing a strong argument that your actions were compelled by extraordinary circumstances beyond your control.

Insufficient Evidence:

When the prosecution's evidence is weak or lacks credibility, we will exploit these weaknesses to cast doubt on the charges against you. Our team will skillfully cross-examine witnesses, challenge their credibility, and present a compelling case for your defense.

Challenging Witness Credibility:

Witness testimonies play a crucial role in a resisting arrest case. We carefully evaluate the credibility of each witness, searching for inconsistencies, biases, or motives to fabricate their accounts. By challenging their credibility, we can undermine the prosecution's case against you.

Proving Violation of Constitutional Rights:

Law enforcement officers must adhere to constitutional guidelines when making arrests. If your rights were violated during the arrest, our team will aggressively argue that any evidence obtained as a result should be suppressed. We will fight to ensure that your rights are protected.

By enlisting the expertise of Martinicchio Criminal Defense Group, you are investing in a powerhouse defense team committed to preserving your rights and securing the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today, and let us stand by your side, fighting to protect your future.

Building the Defense Strategy

Our defense strategy revolves around meticulously analyzing the circumstances of your case and building a strong defense tailored to your specific situation. With our extensive experience in criminal defense, we employ various effective strategies to challenge the prosecution's case against you.

Building a Case Theory:

We will work closely with you to understand your side of the story and identify key facts and evidence that support your defense. This allows us to construct a compelling case theory that highlights your innocence or raises doubts about the prosecution's version of events.

Expert Witness Testimony:

In certain cases, we may call upon expert witnesses who possess specialized knowledge or technical expertise relevant to your defense. These experts can provide testimony that supports your innocence or offers alternative explanations for the events in question.


Cross-examining prosecution witnesses is a critical aspect of our defense strategy. Our skilled attorneys meticulously examine their statements, seeking inconsistencies, biases, or motives that may undermine their credibility. By challenging the prosecution's witnesses, we create doubt in the minds of the jury or judge.

Presenting Defense Witnesses:

We will identify and present witnesses who can provide valuable testimony in your favor. These witnesses may include individuals who were present during the incident and can testify to your lack of intent to resist arrest, your compliance with law enforcement, or any extenuating circumstances that led to the alleged resistance.

Demonstrating Compliance and Cooperation:

One effective defense strategy is to demonstrate that you cooperate with law enforcement officers to the best of your ability. We will meticulously examine the arrest records, video footage, or any other available evidence to establish that you did not willfully resist arrest, but rather responded in a reasonable and compliant manner.

Presentation of Evidence and Arguments

During the trial, we employ persuasive and compelling techniques to present your evidence and arguments effectively. Our goal is to create doubt in the minds of the jury or judge and demonstrate that the prosecution has not met its burden of proof.

Opening Statement:

Our skilled attorneys will deliver a powerful opening statement that outlines the defense's theory of the case. We will succinctly explain the weaknesses in the prosecution's case and preview the evidence we will present to support your defense.


Through strategic cross-examination, we challenge the credibility and reliability of the prosecution's witnesses. We carefully craft questions designed to expose inconsistencies, biases, or ulterior motives, undermining their testimony and casting doubt on the prosecution's version of events.

Presentation of Defense Witnesses:

We will call upon witnesses who can provide firsthand accounts or expert testimony to support your defense. These witnesses may include individuals who observed the incident, law enforcement experts, or medical professionals who can testify to any injuries or medical conditions that affected your behavior during the arrest.

Introduction of Physical Evidence:

We carefully select and present physical evidence that bolsters your defense. This may include surveillance footage, audio recordings, photographs, or any other tangible evidence that supports your version of events and discredits the prosecution's case.

Closing Argument:

In the closing argument, our skilled attorneys will passionately summarize the evidence presented and reiterate the key points that support your defense. We will emphasize the lack of proof beyond a reasonable doubt and highlight any inconsistencies or weaknesses in the prosecution's case.

By presenting a well-structured defense strategy and effectively presenting evidence and arguments, we aim to create doubt in the minds of the decision-makers and secure a favorable outcome for your resisting arrest case. With Martinicchio Criminal Defense Group on your side, you can trust that your defense is in capable hands.

Legal Standards and Jury Instructions

Our team at Martinicchio Criminal Defense Group is well-versed in the legal standards and jury instructions that are crucial to a successful defense in resisting arrest cases. We understand the importance of ensuring that the jury receives accurate instructions on the relevant legal standards to evaluate the evidence and reach a fair verdict. Our attorneys will meticulously review the jury instructions and seek any necessary clarifications or modifications to protect your rights and present a strong defense.

Burden of Proof:

We will emphasize the prosecution's burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It is their responsibility to present evidence that convinces the jury of your guilt to the required legal standard. We will ensure that the jury understands that the burden of proof lies entirely with the prosecution.

Witness Credibility:

We will request jury instructions that guide the jurors on evaluating witness credibility. Jurors should be instructed to carefully consider the witness's demeanor, consistency, biases, and any other factors that may affect their credibility. By highlighting the importance of credibility assessment, we aim to cast doubt on the prosecution's witnesses and strengthen your defense.

Police Conduct and Use of Force:

In cases involving resisting arrest, it is crucial to provide the jury with instructions on evaluating the conduct of law enforcement officers and the appropriate use of force. We will advocate for clear instructions that outline the legal standards and guidelines for evaluating whether the actions of the arresting officers were justified or excessive.

Defendant's Actions:

It is essential for the jury to understand that your actions should be evaluated within the context of the circumstances and your state of mind at the time of the arrest. We will request instructions that guide the jury to consider any extenuating circumstances, such as fear, confusion, or the need to protect yourself or others.

Post-Trial Phase

Once the trial concludes, we will guide you through the post-trial phase, regardless of the outcome. Our dedicated team will assess the possible outcomes and advise you on the best course of action. If necessary, we will explore post-trial motions, such as appeals or retrials, to ensure that your rights are protected and that all legal avenues are exhausted.

Possible Outcomes

We will explain the potential outcomes of your case, including acquittal, conviction, or a mistrial. Our attorneys will provide a thorough analysis of the verdict and its implications for your future.

Sentencing Preparation

If you are convicted, we will meticulously prepare for the sentencing phase. We will advocate for the most favorable sentencing options, present mitigating factors, and work to minimize the potential penalties.

Post-Trial Motions

If there are grounds for post-trial motions, such as appeals or retrials, we will evaluate their viability and pursue them diligently. Our goal is to explore every available legal avenue to ensure that your rights are upheld and that justice is served.

Resisting arrest charges can have severe consequences on your life and future. With Martinicchio Criminal Defense Group by your side, you can be confident that you have a skilled and dedicated defense team fighting to protect your rights. We will navigate the legal complexities, present persuasive arguments, and strategically challenge the prosecution's case. Our commitment is to secure the best possible outcome for you and provide you with the strong defense you deserve. Contact us today for a confidential consultation, and let us begin crafting your powerful defense strategy.

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