Resisting arrest, fleeing from the police, and escaping custody are all separate offenses that apply whether or not you committed the offense police originally suspected you of. For this reason, it's important that you obey any order given by a police officer no matter how wrong you think they are. Failing to do so may quickly result in the police tacking on numerous charges. Here's everything you need to know about those charges.
The charge of resisting arrest has received increased attention in recent years due to multiple controversial encounters between police and citizens, such as the Freddie Gray case. But what exactly does "resisting arrest" mean, and are there ways to avoid the charges?