Obstruction of Justice in San Diego
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." These charges most commonly brought
against the friends or family of the subject of an investigation. When
an individual says or does anything that misleads investigators or law
enforcement—intentionally or otherwise—he or she may be charged
with obstruction. Obstruction is considered a serious crime as law enforcement
and prosecution teams view it as an interference. The integrity of the
legal process is usually addressed with harsh penalties and punitive measures.
What penalties do I face?
Obstruction of justice charges can arise from any number of scenarios and
can be applied with various degrees of severity. Because of this fact,
the penalties for obstruction will vary on a case-by-case basis. If you're
accused of obstruction of justice for misleading a murder investigation,
for example, you will likely be facing harsher penalties than charges
for obstructing justice because you didn't cooperate with a police
officer at a traffic stop. Thus, depending on the unique circumstances
of your case, you could be facing anything from simple fines to years
Due to the variance, it is essential that you speak with a lawyer regarding
your case as soon as possible, so that you can begin to understand the
severity of your charge and how to move forward.
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 applied to any one or more of a number
- 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
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.
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