CRIMES AGAINST POLICE OFFICERS

Police officers are provided with special protections from physical harm. Even in situations where no officer is injured, people who engage in minor physical acts with police officers may still find themselves charged with very serious felony and misdemeanor crimes, such as Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Hindering Apprehension. To make matters worse, the accused may find themselves unable to pay very high bond amounts, and can sit in jail until their trial as a result.

HOW ZUCKERMAN LAW FIRM CAN HELP

If you or a loved one are charged with any crime against a police officer, immediately contact the Zuckerman Law Firm, LLC at 412-447-5580 for a free confidential consultation. As Attorney David Zuckerman will fight to defend you against any Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Flight, Hindering Apprehension, or Obstruction charges (see descriptions below). We fight for dismissals, charge withdrawals, bond reductions and diversionary programs, including:

  • Possible withdrawal of your charges with a summary plea before the magistrate.
  • Admission into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program, allowing you to avoid a criminal record.
  • Admission into Mental Health or Veterans Court program.
  • Reduced Plea from Felonies to Misdemeanors.
  • Probation.
  • Not Guilty Verdict

Call us today - 412-447-5580.

TYPES OF CRIMES AGAINST POLICE OFFICERS

The most common crimes against police officers are:

  • Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (18 Pa.C.S. § 2702(a)(2) and (a)(3)): You may be charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer for attempting to cause, or by actually causing, serious bodily injury or bodily injury. What this means is that a person can be convicted of Felony Aggravated Assault for committing an act on a police officer that would be a misdemeanor Simple Assault if the victim is a regular person.
  • Escape (18 Pa.C.S. § 5121): Unlawfully removing yourself from official detention, or failing to return to official detention, following temporary leave granted for a specific purpose or limited period. If you are in an alternative housing facility, and leave or fail to return as required, you can be charged with Escape.
  • Resisting Arrest (18 Pa.C.S. § 5104): Occurs when a person, with the intent of preventing a public servant from effecting a lawful arrest, creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to the public servant, or employs means justifying or requiring substantial force to overcome the resistance. You can be charged with Resisting Arrest for any action which makes it more difficult for police to place you in handcuffs, or if the police have to use a taser or stun gun in the course of your arrest.
  • Flight to Avoid Apprehension (18 Pa.C.S. § 5126): Occurs when a person willfully conceals himself or moves or travels within or outside of Pennsylvania with the intent to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment.
  • Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution (18 Pa.C.S. § 5105): Occurs when a person, with the intent to hinder the apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of another, harbors or conceals another person, provides or aids in providing a weapon, transportation or means of escape to another person, hides or destroys evidence of a crime, warns another person of their potential apprehension, or provides false information to a law enforcement officer.
  • Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function (18 Pa.C.S. § 5101): Occurs when a person intentionally obstructs, impairs or perverts the administration of law or other governmental function by force, violence, physical interference or obstacle, breach of official duty, or any other unlawful act (except for flight, resisting arrest, or other acts without affirmative interference with governmental functions).

If you or a loved one are charged with any crime against a police officer, immediately contact the Zuckerman Law Firm, LLC at 412-447-5580 for a free consultation. Attorney David Zuckerman will fight to defend you against any Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Flight, Hindering Apprehension, or Obstruction charges. Under appropriate circumstances, you may be eligible for diversionary programs and charge reductions, including:

  • Possible withdrawal of your charges with a summary plea before the magistrate.
  • Admission into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program, allowing you to avoid a criminal record.
  • Admission into Mental Health or Veterans Court program.
  • Reduced Plea to Misdemeanors.
  • Probation.
  • Not Guilty Verdict

Call us today - 412-447-5580.