What does resisting/obstructing (forfeiture) mean?
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Resisting/Obstructing an Officer is one of those violations that can be charged as either a criminal misdemeanor OR a non-criminal ordinance violation. It is not uncommon that the Resisting/Obstructing is initially charged as a misdemeanor and then amended down to the ordinance violation (if available) as part of plea negotiations. Be aware that if the person found guilty of the ordinance violation was originally arrested, fingerprinted and booked, this information will appear on the Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Information Bureau's (CIB) database. If this case can be negotiated for a deferred prosecution agreement or other diversion program that if successfully completed results in a dismissal versus an amendment down to the ordinance violation, then it would be eligible to be removed from CIB's database. A moderately thorough criminal background check will show the arrest unless removed from CIB. It might make sense (if the person charged is you) to hire an attorney to represent you in this matter. The defendant always carries more leverage into plea negotiations with an experienced attorney. Good luck.
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Generally a forfeiture means that it was charged as a non-criminal ordinance offense and not a criminal misdemeanor offense. It means the conviction of this offense does not carry any risk of jail or probation, simply a monetary forfeiture. It's like a ticket and does not create a criminal record. However, it's still probably a good idea to speak with an attorney if you've been issued a ticket for resisting/obstructing, even non-criminal convictions can have future consequences. Good luck, I hope this was helpful.
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