Resisting Arrest & Hindering Violations in Manasquan
Manasquan Resident & Former Prosecutor
The law of New Jersey renders it a criminal offense to resist an arrest or to hinder or obstruct a police officer in the administration of their duties. The relevant laws on this subject are N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2 (“Resisting Arrest”) and N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3 (“Hindering”). All resisting arrest charges heard in Manasquan Municipal Court are categorized under our criminal code as Disorderly Persons Offenses punishable by fines and up to six (6) months in jail. A person may be convicted and subject to these penalties if he or she “purposely prevents or attempts to prevent a law enforcement officer from effecting an arrest”.
The offense of hindering, also referred to obstruction or obstructing the administration of justice, establishes a crime for anyone to hinder detention, apprehension, investigation, prosecution, conviction or punishment of an individual who has violated a motor vehicle or criminal law. Whenever this offense is heard in the Municipal Court of the Borough of Manasquan, it is being prosecuted as a disorderly persons offense. This charge is a third degree indictable offense if the underlying offense that was obstructed constitutes a crime of the first or second degree, or fourth degree if the actor is the spouse of the person aided. Otherwise, an arrest for hindering results in a Disorderly Persons infraction punishable by upon to six (6) months of incarceration, significant fines, and/or possible probation.
Ordinance Charges for Interference or Resisting in Manasquan New Jesey
The Borough Council of Manaquan has adopted specific regulation which prohibit individuals from obstructing the administration of justice in the town. The ordinances provide as follows:
3-8 Interference with or Resistance to Police Officers and Municipal Employees.
3-8.1 Resistance, Hindering or Abusing Police Officers or Municipal Employee.
It shall be unlawful for any person to resist, hinder, obstruct or abuse any Police Officer, municipal employee or lifeguard while engaged in the lawful performance of his official duties in the Borough. (1972 Code § 80-30; Ord. No. 932)3-8.2 Fleeing from Police Officers and Lifeguards.
It shall be unlawful for any person to flee from any Police Officer or lifeguard after being directed by any such Police Officer or lifeguard, in the exercise of his officials duties, to halt; or to flee from any such Police Officer or lifeguard for the purpose of avoiding arrest. (1972 Code § 80-31; Ord. No. 932)
If you have been charged with resisting arrest or hindering in Manasquan, our team of Monmouth County defense lawyers can assist you. We possess a team of attorneys that includes two Manaquan residents who also happen to be former prosecutors. The rest of legal staff also has years of experience appearing in Manasquan as well. An attorney to assist you anytime 24/7 and consultations are always without charge. Give us a call at 1-877-450-8301 and a lawyer would be happy to answer all of your questions.