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
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
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
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.