When facing any criminal charges, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn your rights and options. We handle the defense of most crimes, including disarming a police officer. Below you will find the actual text of the Pennsylvania statute governing the taking of a weapon from a police officer in Pennsylvania. This was current as of July 2010. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense law firm is primarily in the business of fighting for defendants’ rights; we are not in the business of updating websites, but wanted to at least give you some information for educational purposes, only. You should talk to a lawyer for legal advice to fully learn your rights in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. We will explain to you the disarming-related crime, possible punishment, and all your options.
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5104.1. Disarming law enforcement officer
(a) OFFENSE DEFINED.– A person commits the offense of disarming a law enforcement officer if he:
(1) without lawful authorization, removes or attempts to remove a firearm, rifle, shotgun or weapon from the person of a law enforcement officer or corrections officer, or deprives a law enforcement officer or corrections officer of the use of a firearm, rifle, shotgun or weapon, when the officer is acting within the scope of the officer’s duties; and
(2) has reasonable cause to know or knows that the individual is a law enforcement officer or corrections officer.
(b) GRADING.– A violation of this section constitutes a felony of the third degree.