Obstruction of Justice
Obstruction of justice is a serious crime in California, one that may leave you facing serious criminal penalties if convicted. At The Justice Firm, we provide exceptional legal guidance and support to those who have been accused of any criminal offense. We understand the fear, stress, and uncertainty individuals experience when potentially facing criminal charges. Our Los Angeles obstruction of justice defense attorneys work vigorously to protect your freedom and avoid a conviction.
What is obstruction of justice? California penal code section 148 makes it a crime to delay, resist, or obstruct law enforcement or emergency medical personnel when performing their job duties and doing so willfully. Basically, if an individual performs any action or conducts him or herself in any way that prevents or hinders a police officer, emergency medical technician, or other authority from performing duties such as enforcing the law, administering court duties or which hinders the judicial process, you may be arrested for obstruction of justice. Examples of this criminal offense which may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony include falsifying or concealing evidence, bribing or threatening a judge, lawyer, juror, or witness, lying while under oath as a witness, or resisting arrest.Los Angeles Criminal Defense Firm Providing Aggressive Representation for Those Accused of Obstruction of Justice
When being investigated for obstruction of justice, it is critical you do not discuss the situation with police, investigators, or anyone else without first speaking with a skilled defense attorney. You could potentially incriminate yourself further. A compassionate defense lawyer will thoroughly review the evidence and determine whether your Constitutional rights may have been violated by police in terms of unlawful search or seizure. There are various defense strategies which may be effective depending on your particular situation and the facts of your case. We believe in thorough and careful preparation following by vigorous representation. Ultimately, our goal is to have the charge dismissed or reduced, or to secure a not guilty verdict should your case go to trial.Criminal Penalties for Obstruction of Justice in California
Criminal penalties in LA for a conviction on obstruction of justice charges are serious, and depend on whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony. You may be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison along with substantial fines. However, you may be sentenced to as many as 8 or 10 years if it is determined that the obstruction charge is related to domestic or international terrorism. Other penalties include probation and community service; you will also have a criminal record, which will likely impact your career and/or future employment opportunities.Contact The Justice Firm Today
Any person who is charged with obstruction of justice should take action immediately to protect your legal rights and freedom. Under the law, you are innocent; prosecutors shoulder the burden of proving your guilt. Our Los Angeles obstruction of justice defense attorneys will work tirelessly on your behalf, doing everything possible to ensure your freedom, reputation, and future are protected. Contact us now at 310-914-2444.