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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 13 : Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 067 : Public Justice and Public Officers

(Cite as: 13 V.S.A. § 3017)
  • § 3017. Resisting arrest

    (a) A person who intentionally attempts to prevent a lawful arrest on himself or herself, which is being effected or attempted by a law enforcement officer, when it would reasonably appear that the latter is a law enforcement officer, shall:

    (1) for the first offense, be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than $500.00, or both;

    (2) for the second offense and subsequent offenses, be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.

    (b) A defendant’s mistaken belief in the unlawfulness of the arrest shall not be a defense to a prosecution under this section.

    (c) A person may not be convicted of both an escape from lawful custody, as defined in subdivision 1501(a)(2) of this title, and a violation of this section. (Added 1995, No. 146 (Adj. Sess.), § 3.)