Interference With Official Acts

Sometimes. people panic when they're suddenly confronted by police officers arresting them or executing a warrant. Sometimes, people who are panicking do things that they usually never would and end up charged with "Interference With /official Acts," which is often called "resisting arrest."

Depending on what the State can prove happened, an Interference charge can be anywhere between a simple misdemeanor and a class "D" felony.

Des Moines Interference With Official Acts Lawyers

At Clark and Sears Law, PLLC, we defend the rights and liberties of good people who are accused of bad things. An Iowa resisting arrest attorney might be able to save you from paying thousands in fines and spending time locked up away from your family.

Get out of trouble and get back to life. Call Katherine Sears at Clark and Sears Law, PLLC, now at (515) 491 6128 to set up a free consultation. A receptionist is available 24/7 to take your call.

The criminal defense lawyers at Clark and Sears Law, PLLC, are based in Des Moines and Ankeny and represent defendants throughout Polk County and the rest of Iowa.

Resisting Arrest

Iowa Code 719.1 governs resisting arrest.

It criminalizes resisting or obstructing anyone that you know is a police officer, jailer, emergency medical care provider, or fire fighter when they're performing their lawful duties.

If you're under the custody, care, or control of the Iowa Deoartment of Corrections, you can also interfere by knowingly resisting, obstructing, or interfering with a correctional officer, agent, employee, or contractor.


Resisting arrest is a simple misdemeanor. Ordinarily, the penalty for a simple misdemeanor is a fine of $65 - $625 and up to 30 days in jail, however, for Interference With Official Acts, the minimum fine is $250.

If your interference causes bodily injury, it becomes a serious misdemeanor, for which you will face fines of $315 - $1875 and for which you may also spend up to a year in jail.

If the injury you caused is serious, your charge may be an aggravated misdemeanor, resulting in a fine of $625 - $6250 and up to two years incarcerated.

Felony Interference

If you display a dangerous weapon or try to cause serious injury, your offense is classified as a class "D" felony, involving fines of $750 - $7500 and up to five years in prison.

Because this is a felonious assault and/or a felony involving a dangerous weapon, felony Interference With Official Acts is a forcible felony, for which you will have to spend five years in prison without the possibility of parole and for which you would not be eligible for deferred judgment.

Defense lawyers for interference with official acts in Des Moines, Polk County, Ankeny, Ames, Johnston, West Des Moines, Waukee, Saylorville, Bondurant, Altoona, Clive, Grimes, Pleasant Hill, Story County, Boone County, Marshall County, Dallas County, Jasper County, Madison County, Warren County, Marion County, Wapello County, Davis County, Ottumwa, Bloomfield, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, and the rest of Iowa.

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This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice. Consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.  Reading this site doesn’t create an attorney-client relationship.  If you want to talk to us about resisting arrest in Iowa, please contact us at (515) 491 6128 and we’ll set up a time to talk.