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Resisting an Officer Defense

What is resisting an officer? Resisting an officer obviously refers to actual physical interference.  This can be confused with obstructing an officer, which conversely refers to non-physical interference. Section 946.41(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits resisting an officer.  That section reads: “… whoever knowingly … obstructs an officer while such officer is doing any act…

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Obstructing an Officer Defense

What is obstructing an officer? Section 946.41 of the Wisconsin Statutes defines this offense: “… whoever knowingly resists or obstructs an officer while such officer is doing any act in an official capacity and with lawful authority if guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.” A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by 9 months in jail,…

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What happens if I’m caught lying to the police?

And what happens if I lie to the police? As we previously discussed, you’ve committed a crime.  It’s called obstructing an officer, and it’s punishable by up to 9 months in jail, a $10,000.00 fine, or both.  Section 946.41 of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits obstructing an officer.  Section 946.41 reads: … whoever knowingly resists or…

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Is swatting a crime in Wisconsin?

Swatting happens in Wisconsin. In July 2019 police responded to a Madison condo for a swatting call.  Law enforcement was advised that a woman had barricaded herself inside the condo with a gun.  The caller claimed to be the mother of the swatting victim.  Thankfully, police de-escalated the situation when the actual condo-owner arrived home. …

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