Police protect us, and they are indispensable to our communities. But it is also possible to get on their bad side - incarcerated or even dead. The American Civil Liberties Union has posted a website advising young people on the do's and don'ts of dealing with law enforcement.
No one ever gets charged just with "resisting arrest." It is always tacked onto another, more egregious charge. But the charge poses a thorny dilemma for the person arrested.
What are your constitutional rights when you are placed under arrest? Is a police officer required to read you Miranda rights when he makes an arrest? This is one of the most common questions I get from my criminal defense clients. There is a very common misconception among the general public, probably promoted by television, that a police officer is required to advise an arrestee of his Miranda rights. Many of my clients incorrectly believe that if the police did not read them Miranda rights that their case must be dismissed. However, this is not the case.
An alleged drug conspiracy that supposedly centered on the Maryland area ultimately resulted in the seizure of an airplane worth $450,000 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Individuals supposedly involved in the drug ring were accused of selling marijuana in Maryland that was brought in by the airplane from out-of-state.