Obstruction of Justice
Arrested for Obstruction of Justice in Los Angeles?
Section 148 of the California penal code makes it a criminal offense in our state to willfully "resist, delay or obstruct" a police officer or emergency medical technician in the performance of on the job duties. You can be fined up to $1,000 if you are convicted, as well as being sent to county jail for a year and living into the future with a criminal record. The state legal system is set up to give police officers the ability to carry out their functions with minimal interference, and you will face arrest and prosecution if you are perceived to be interfering with the operation of law. You should not discuss the case with investigators before you meet with a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who can advise you of your rights and represent you.
You could be charged with the obstruction of justice for doing virtually anything that constitutes an attempt to prevent a police officer from acting. This includes lying to a police officer, giving him misleading information during an investigation, physically attempting to bar access or trying to prevent an arrest. There are several ways to defend this type of charge, and your attorney will closely examine the evidence to find the most effective strategy. One of the most important issues that could come up is whether or not the police officer was violating your Constitutional right against unlawful search and seizure. With careful preparation and aggressive representation, you may be able to have this charge reduced or dropped.
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles
When you face prosecution for the obstruction of justice, you need to work with the criminal defense team at Stephen G. Rodriguez and Associates. We will not hesitate to go to trial if that is what it takes to protect your rights and your freedom. You can't afford to have a mark on your criminal record, and we will fight tirelessly to disprove the evidence in your case.
Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to find out more about what you can do to prepare your case against charges of obstruction of justice.