Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 268, Section 32B punishes the crime of Resisting Arrest with imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years and/or a fine of up to $500.
In order to be convicted of the crime of Resisting Arrest, the prosecutor is required to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That the defendant prevented or attempted to prevent a police officer from making an arrest of the defendant or another person;
- That the officer was acting under color of his/her official duty at the time;
- That the defendant resisted: either by using, or threatening to use, physical force or violence against the police officer or another person; or by using some other means which created a substantial risk of causing bodily injury to the police officer or another person; and
- That the defendant did so knowingly; i.e., that he knew at the time that he was acting to prevent an arrest by a police officer acting under color of his/her official authority.
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