We have gathered the following New Jersey laws and statutes pertaining to the offense of resisting arrest. Also included within this section are the related laws governing hindering prosecution and contempt. The statutes provided below are meant only to serve as general information. If you have been charged under one of the following statutes, please contact Villani & DeLuca, P.C. at (732) 965-3350 for a free consultation.
Resisting Arrest Laws in NJ:
- 2C:29-2. Resisting arrest. – A person is guilty of resisting arrest if he uses means such as threats or physical force to prevent a law enforcement officer from effecting an arrest. Resisting arrest is a disorderly persons or criminal offense, depending on whether any serious injury or death, or risk of serious injury or death occurred as a result of the offender’s actions.
- 2C:29-3. Hindering apprehension or prosecution. – Hindering apprehension of prosecution includes acts such as harboring an offender, helping the offender to flee by providing money, weapons, transportation, etc., and concealing or destroying criminal evidence.
- 2C:29-3.1. Infliction of harm to animal used by law enforcement. – Intentionally killing or causing injury to an animal used by a law enforcement agency is a third degree crime, punishable by a fine of $15,000 and a minimum prison sentence of five years, with no eligibility for parole.
- 2C:29-9. Contempt. – A person who knowingly disobeys a judicial order, or hinders, obstructs or impedes the effectuation of a judicial order, will be found guilty of contempt, which is a fourth degree crime.