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Resisting Arrest in Olathe

About Resisting Arrest

Have you been charged with resisting arrest? This can happen over a traffic stop or a more serious offense. Resisting arrest can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony depending upon the circumstances. Regardless of which it is, you need the assistance of an Olathe criminal defense lawyer. If you are convicted of resisting arrest and are also convicted of the charge(s) you were arrested for, the penalty for resisting arrest charge will be added on as an additional sentence. If the original charge is for a crime which falls within the "strike" category, being convicted of resisting arrest may put you into the two-strike category, or if you had a prior conviction already, it may put you into the three-strike category. With more states following the lead of other states and enacting a three-strike law, your future is very much at stake. My team and I also serve Johnson County and Kansas and stand ready to assist you with your defense.

Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Johnson County

The rate of imprisonment in America is accelerating. Recent statistics show approximately 1.75 million people are in state and federal prisons, almost double the number incarcerated just a few years ago with the "Three strikes you're out" state laws. Under the federal Three Strikes rule a defendant will be sentenced to life imprisonment if he or she is convicted in federal court of a serious violent felony, and has two or more prior conviction in federal or state courts where at least one of which is a violent felony. Under federal and state three strikes law if someone is convicted of a crime three times, there is no "judiciary discretion in sentencing" repeat offenders. Judicial discretion means that the judge has the freedom to decide the length and severity of the sentence. Under the "Three Strike rule, regardless of any extenuating circumstances and regardless if judge believes the individual can be rehabilitated the convicted person must go to jail for life without possibility of parole.

An experienced resisting arrest lawyer can investigate the events for you and review the evidence against you. Investigation is key in preparing a powerful defense. Interviewing witnesses, examining police reports and comparing them to the statements of other witnesses, locating flaws or weaknesses in the prosecution's case may make it possible to get a charge dropped or the case dismissed without going to trial. As an experienced litigator I will go to trial when it is in my client's best interests. Call John E. Harvell, P.A. for a consultation with a criminal defense lawyer who is dedicated to protecting a client's rights.

Contact an Olathe criminal lawyer at the firm for a consultation and discussion of your defense strategy.

Why Choose John Harvell

  • Nearly 30 years representing clients throughout Kansas

  • Former prosecutor, understanding both sides of the courtoom

  • Highly knowledgeable regarding all major updates to Kansas DUI laws

  • Build compelling defense strategies that more effectively protect my clients' rights

Client Testimonials

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  • “He set up a plan of action which truly saved not just me but my whole family from hardship.”


  • “...the prosecutor agreed to withdraw the motion.”


  • “Mr. Harvell and I worked closely together and created a successful defense on both the driver's license suspension and the DUI charge.”


  • “I was able to follow his recommendations and get Diversion instead of a potential misdemeanor or felony.”


  • “He keeps his promises/commitments, and will do everything he can for you.”


  • “He was transparent with our strategy and did a nice job communicating with us in regards to the process.”


  • “This is such a relief. You rock John.”


  • “John is always my first call when needing legal advice.”


  • “I am very glad that we went to him with our troubles and would go to him again if we needed to.”


  • “The whole case was seen one sided but John luckily fight for my side and got me the outcome that was fair.”


  • “When anybody asks me if I know an attorney, I always have and will tell them, John Harvell.”


  • “Mr. Harvell filed a Motion to Suppress because of an illegal car search. Prior to trial, the charges were dismissed.”


  • “We certainly appreciate you guiding us through this journey.”


  • “After appearing for a hearing to revoke probation, the case was dismissed.”


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