Defending against resisting arrest is one of the toughest, beleive it or not. Public policy holds that no matter how justified you are in retrospect i.e. there was never a valid reason to arrest you, you can still be convicted of the resisting. Here you are stating that there may ba a valid arrest in the first instance which does not help. In circumstances, if "self-preservation" equates to self defense, you may be able to defend, but it depends on your witnesses, etc. Consult your criminal defense attorney and discuss your prospects.
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This is a your word v. Cops case. Hire a good criminal defense lawyer. Hooefully your witnesses are credible.
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I agree with my colleagues. It will be an uphill battle, especially if they were justified in arresting you for whatever reason.Ask a similar question