Grostyan & Associates, PLC Articles What Constitutes Obstruction of Justice?

What Constitutes Obstruction of Justice?

By Grostyan & Associates, PLC  Aug. 8, 2011 1:00p

When a person is accused of obstructing justice, it is considered a serious offense. There are many ways that someone can be involved in the obstruction of justice and not even realize it, thus the importance of understanding what constitutes a violation.

Some Examples of Obstruction of Justice

  • Concealing or tampering with evidence;
  • Assaulting a law enforcement officer (physically or verbally);
  • Resisting arrest;
  • Falsifying information to police;
  • Withholding vital information regarding a crime another has committed;
  • Preventing or impeding an investigation with blackmail or threats;
  • Interfering with a dead body; and
  • Warning someone of an investigation when they are the subject of that investigation

Even if you have been accused of obstructing justice, you may not have had knowledge that you were in violation of any law - a defense can be constructed to support your position. As an example of the severity of penalty connected with an obstruction of justice charge, you can be subject up to a full year in jail and up to a $3,000 monetary fine for resisting arrest. An experienced attorney who is familiar with the laws in Minnesota can mean the difference between your being convicted or maintaining your freedom. There is no substitute for competent and aggressive defense.

Have you been charged with obstruction of justice in Minneapolis?

If you have been accused of obstruction justice, it would be in your best interests to get legal advice from a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney immediately. Even answering questions prior to talking to an attorney can work against you as anything you say can be used against you. It is your constitutional right to remain silent and to have legal aid. Having an experienced attorney to work with from Grostyan & Associates can increase your chances of avoiding a conviction for obstructing justice. We have been successfully defending clients for over a decade in criminal defense matters and are here to help.

Don't leave your future up to chance, if you are in need of effective legal representation contact a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer in our office for a free consultation today.

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