Facing a criminal charge can be scary, especially if it’s the first time you’ve been charged with or accused of a crime. Maybe you’ve never even really encountered the police personally before. Facing charges related to Obstruction of Justice is no different. At Rossen Law Firm, our team of expert defense attorneys is dedicated to helping you and supporting you along the way. You do not have to face legal action alone; contact us today to discuss your situation with a diligent South Florida obstruction of justice lawyer.
What is an Obstruction of Justice Crime?
Obstructions of justice include acts that influence, obstruct or impede the due administration of justice. Someone can also obstruct justice when he or she has a specific intent to get in the way of, or otherwise interfere, with a judicial proceeding.
In Florida, Obstruction of Justice can include resisting arrest, unlawfully possessing a hidden handcuff key, neglecting to aid peace officers, aiding prison escapes, and more as stated in FLA. STAT. § 843. If you have any further qustions about what might constitute an obstruction of justice charge in South Florida, contact our firm today to speak with a knowledgeable attorney.
COMMON OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CRIMES IN FORT LAUDERDALE
- Depriving Officer of Protection or Communication: As a South Florida attorney can further explain, this occurs when a person deprives an officer of his or her weapon or radio, or to otherwise deprive the officer of the means to defend herself or himself or to summon assistance.
- Failure to Appear in Court while on Bail: When the criminal offender willfully fails to appear to a court date.
- False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer: Committed when a person falsely assumes or pretends to be a law enforcement officer or takes it upon themself to act as a law enforcement officer.
- Resisting Arrest with Violence: When a defendant knowingly resists or obstructs police by committing or suggesting to commit a violent act towards an officer who is carrying out a lawful duty.
- Resisting Arrest without Violence: When a defendant knowingly resists or obstructs police by committing or suggesting to commit a non-violent act towards an officer who is carrying out a lawful duty
- Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communications: Committed when a person uses a two-way communications device to assist in committing a felony or to escape from or avoid detection, arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment in connection to any felony.
CONSEQUENCES OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
Because the types of obstruction of justice vary – from crimes such as arresting arrest to helping prisoners escape, the consequences in South Florida also vary.
For example, if you resist arrest without violence, penalties can include up to one year in jail, one year of probation and a fine of $1,000. Meanwhile, if you deprive an officer of protection or a communications device, penalties in Fort Lauderdale range up to 5 years in prison, 5 years of probation and up to $5,000 in fines.
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Give our office a call if you’re facing any type of Obstruction of Justice criminal charge. Everyone makes mistakes – that’s life. We’re here as criminal defense attorneys to help ensure that mistakes don’t get to define your life or your future.
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