Failure to obey Police Officer in the District of Columbia

Mark Rollins Criminal Law

Failure to obey police officer in the District of Columbia

Failure to obey police officer in the District of Columbia

One of my favorite quotes from a television show (Good Wife) “If you never listen to anything I say again for the rest of your life, please hear this: Everything is more complicated than you think it is right now. And the only way you come to know that is through experience. And that’s what this whole process of growing up is all about.”   This is particular important to our young people today.   Even if the police are wrong by ordering you to do something that they do not have the lawful authority to do – Follow it for the time being.  Remember, they carry life and death on their side.   So when you are stopped for a traffic offense in the District of Columbia, even if you do not believe the police officer has the authority to order you to do something, just do it until a court of law can review it.

The Law in the District of Columbia for Failure to Obey Police officer in the District of Columbia

The law is found in 18 DCMR 2000.2 “No person shall fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any police officer, police cadet, or civilian crossing guard invested by law with authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic. This section shall apply to pedestrians and to the operators of vehicles.”

Penalty For Failure to Obey Police officer in the District of Columbia

The penalty for failure to obey police officer in the District of Columbia is be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($ 100) nor more than one thousand dollars ($ 1,000).

CONCLUSION

In light of some of the news story with young African American males being killed by police officers and as the father of a young african american male – obey the police officer when on the streets.  Challenge in the Courtroom not on the streets.

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