Resist Arrest

Resist Arrest

A person will be guilty of an offence if they hinder or resist a police officer from exercising their duties.

Summary Offence

This matter will be dealt with in the Magistrates Court of South Australia.

What the prosecution must prove

The prosecution must prove that you resisted during your arrest.


There are a range of possible defences including, but not limited to, the following:

  • there was an honest and reasonable mistake of fact;
  • the arrest was completed.


The maximum penalty for resisting arrest is $2,500 or imprisonment for 6 months.

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