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Resisting Arrest

In Washington, a person commits the offense of resisting arrest if he intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a peace officer from lawfully arresting him. Resisting arrest is a simple misdemeanor, meaning a conviction carries with it a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. Resisting arrest is prescribed by RCW 9A.76.040.
For this charge to be valid, there must a reason for the police officer to lawfully arrest the person, meaning the officer must be acting pursuant to an arrest warrant, or the officer must have probable cause to believe a criminal offense has been committed.
Note that the person charged with resisting does not be successful in resisting arrest. Merely the attempt is sufficient. Additionally, the act on the part of the person accused must be intentional. A non-voluntary act, or an act not intended to prevent arrest, is insufficient to support a conviction.
Not that a person may use force or attempt to use force if, and only if, the person who is being arrested is in actual an imminent danger of serious injury. Solely the momentary loss of freedom is not a reason to use force. And where force is justified, only reasonable and proportionate force may be used. Incorrect use of force may be prosecuted as an assault.
Some municipalities have enacted their own Resisting Arrest laws, like Everett (10.12.100), Mount Vernon (9.04.025), Seattle (12A.16.050). Monroe (9.14.040) has a crime called "Resisting public officers."
Others have simply adopted the State RCW, like Arlington, Bellingham, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, and Shoreline.
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