If the battery charge is dismissed will the resisting arrest charge automatically be dismissed, too?

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I was arrested for hitting someone and also charged with resisting arrest by Shrewsbury PD.  If I hire an attorney and he gets the battery charge dismissed will the resisting arrest charge automatically be dismissed, too?  If the charge sticks, what’s the worst that can happen?  Thank you.

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

No, because the police officer will testify against you regardless of whether the alleged victim has a change of heart. Assault and Battery carries a maximum prison sentence of 2 1/2 years in the House of Correction. If you’re convicted of resisting arrest too, you could receive time for another 1 to 2 1/2 years. This is the worst case scenario. Your actual sentence will depend on your prior criminal history, the extent of the injuries of the victim, whether you have served time previously etc.

Shrewsbury Criminal Defense attorney, Michael Franklin, represents individuals in all criminal law related matters throughout Shrewsbury and the Worcester County region including the cities and towns of Auburn, Boylston, Clinton, Charlton, Holden, Leominster, Leicester, Paxton, Shrewsbury, Sturbridge, Westborough, Northborough, Webster, Dudley, and Oxford, Massachusetts.

Attorney Michael Franklin
Shrewsbury Criminal Defense Attorney
5 State Street, Suite 1F
Worcester, MA 01609