Obstruction of Justice in San Diego

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The San Diego criminal attorney from JD Law has experience in defending clients accused of obstruction of justice. This is a tricky area of law that requires attention to detail and persistence in order to have a chance of proving the innocence of the defendant or lack of evidence on the part of the prosecution. With more than 30 years of experience and a background as a police detective, Attorney James N. Dicks has the resources necessary to defend you in your case.

As someone who is charged with a crime, you have likely been treated as though you were declared guilty. JD Law understands that, but we want you to know that we take our role seriously—we want to hear your side of the story because we believe you. We offer free initial consultations to those who have been charged with various crimes. During this confidential meeting, we can develop a solution that is designed specifically for your circumstance. Our firm has a background of success as we have successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases.

Understanding Your Charge & What You Are Up Against

Interfering with the administration or proceedings of courts, the judicial system, or law enforcement agencies is illegal and is referred to as the "obstruction of justice." If the prosecution was unsuccessful in charging you for a crime you allegedly committed, they may then try to charge you with obstruction of justice, which may include a state prison sentence of up to eight years.

Obstruction of justice also commonly occurs when a person you know is a suspect in an investigation. When you say or do anything that misleads investigators or law enforcement—intentionally or otherwise—you may be charged with obstruction. Obstruction is a serious crime. The integrity of the legal process is usually address with harsh penalties and punitive measures.

What Is Considered Obstruction of Justice in California?

Obstruction of justice has a (purposefully) broad definition in order to maintain the integrity of the investigative process. The broadest charge is known as “misleading conduct,” which acts as a type of catch-all when obstruction does not entail any physical or financial action. For example, Bill Clinton was charged with misleading conduct by reporting to his family and intimate circles that he did not sleep with Monica Lewinsky—leading those people to report his own lies to a grand jury.

The obstruction of justice can be achieved through any one or more of a number of actions:

  • Threatening witnesses or jurors
  • Interfering with an arrest
  • Hiding or destroying evidence
  • Altering evidence in an investigation or a case
  • Bribing witnesses, jurors, officers, judges or lawyers involved in a case
  • Any other actions that intentionally disrupt a case or alter the course of justice

If you are found guilty of obstruction of justice, you may be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, with a prison sentence of up to 5 years. If you were found to obstruct justice in regards to international or domestic terrorism, you may be sentenced to state prison for up to 8 years.

Hire a Certified Criminal Law Specialist

For nearly 40 years, Attorney Jim Dicks has committed his life to the law, first as a police officer, then as a criminal defense attorney. His devotion to service, integrity, and excellence has allowed him to help hundreds of San Diego clients receive positive outcomes. As a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, he has rare and unparalleled insight that provides clients with seasoned litigation.

When you cannot afford to lose, when investigators and prosecutors are standing against you, and when you do not know where to turn—trust in a San Diego criminal defense attorney who stands by your side. We fiercely and relentlessly seek the best possible outcomes for our clients. You can entrust your freedom and well-being to our capable hands because we understand the stakes.

Only a dedicated lawyer can protect your rights and help you avoid a prison sentence. Contact our San Diego criminal defense attorney to get the skilled counsel!

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