We have been told all of our lives that we need to listen to the authorities when they need us to. However, there are times when individuals don’t listen or they commit an action that is believed to be obstruction of justice when it may not be.
If you have been accused of obstruction of justice, it is very important that you have your Anoka criminal defense attorney work on the case as soon as possible. There may be factors that show what really happened and that the action that you allegedly committed was not really obstruction of justice.
Helping You Understand The Charges
There are some cases where obstruction charges can be difficult to understand. When this is the case, it is mainly due to the fact that an act was simply perceived as being obstruction. However, some of the most common forms of obstruction are as follows:
- Escape after arrest or allowing another person to escape in some way.
- Fleeing a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle or on foot or attempting to flee the officer. Fleeing means that the legal process is being interfered with.
- Interfering with a dead body by touching or moving it. This can also include taking evidence from the body or interfering with it in any way that could contaminate the evidence.
- Witness tampering by threatening a witness who is to testify in a criminal trial in exchange for a testimony that isn’t the truth.
- Falsifying a crime report that is non-existent and ties up money and resources.
It is very important to show what happened in the case so that you can receive the best possible outcome. Sometimes there are cases where a person is accused of obstruction when they are not. It can be a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time or being falsely accused.
Strategic Criminal Defense
Even if you are guilty of obstruction of justice in some way, there are ways in which a strategic defense can be created for you so the consequences can be reduced. If obstruction did not occur, proving it can result in the charges being dismissed or you acquitted so you can move forward with your life.
If convicted, the type of obstruction is going to determine what the penalties will be. Your Anoka criminal attorney will work hard to have these penalties reduced as much as possible. Conviction can result in a $700 fine and up to 90 days in jail. If the crime is resisting arrest with force, there is a penalty of a $3,000 fine and up to one year in jail. If there was a risk of bodily harm or death during the act of obstruction, the fine can be up to $10,000 and 5 years in prison.