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In some countries, resisting arrest is a criminal charge against an individual who has committed, depending on the jurisdiction, at least one of the following acts: ⁕fleeing a police officer while being arrested ⁕threatening a police officer with physical violence while being arrested ⁕physically struggling to get out from being restrained ⁕attacking a police officer while being arrested ⁕providing an officer with false identification The website Resisting Arrest states that not all arrests are lawful and based upon probable cause. However, an attempt at resisting arrest can lead to additional charges. It is also possible that an overzealous police officer might try to justify the use of excessive force by claiming that the person was resisting arrest. Similar offenses may be defined very differently in other countries. (via Freebase)