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Atlanta Obstruction of Justice Attorney

In the state of Georgia, an “obstruction of justice” may be filed against you when it is alleged that you knowingly and willfully obstructed or hindered a law enforcement officer, prison guard, correctional officer, juvenile probation officer, game warden, or other official in the performance of their duties. A person who resists, obstructs, or opposes such an official may be facing either misdemeanor or felony charges, with both fines and jail time imposed as punishment. Ensure you have a qualified, experienced criminal attorney to protect your rights if accused of this crime. At Wallack Law, we can help.

Why Choose Wallack Law in Atlanta?

At Wallack Law, our approach to these cases involves a thorough investigation into the facts in the case. Our early involvement in your defense is vital; many cases could be dismissed before progressing any further once the truth about what occurred is revealed. We offer our clients:

  • 25 years of experience in criminal defense law
  • A focus strictly upon criminal defense, with personalized attention for each client, with innovative defense strategies
  • A personal passion for protecting the constitutional rights of those accused of obstruction of justice in Atlanta
  • Honest, open, communication about your case and your legal options

Penalties for Obstruction of Justice Convictions in State Court

If you have been accused of obstruction of justice in state court, you are at risk of facing various penalties, including:

  • Misdemeanor: Up to one year in jail, minimum $300 and up to $1,000 in fines.
  • Felony: Minimum one year in state prison for first time offender, increased time for repeat offenders.

Federal Obstruction of Justice Charges

A charge of obstruction of justice can also be filed in federal court, a very serious matter. Under Title 18, US Code Chapter 73, a wide range of actions could result in felony charge of obstruction of justice being filed against you, including but not limited to the following:

  • Influencing a juror in writing or in person
  • Threatening a juror
  • Resisting an extradition agent
  • Assault on a process server
  • Theft or alteration of record or process
  • Obstructing a criminal investigation
  • Tampering with a witness, victim, or informant
  • Obstruction investigations into financial institutions
  • Destruction of corporate audit records
  • Picketing or parading
  • Retaliating against a witness, victim or informant
  • Bribing a witness

Penalties for Obstruction of Justice in Federal Court

Depending upon what is alleged to have occurred, you could be facing up to ten years in federal prison. Several federal laws apply to these charges and the penalties imposed, including prison time and fines, are reflected in each section of the law, all listed in US Code Chapter, 73, Obstruction of Justice, from sections § 1501 to § 1521.

Charged with Obstruction of Justice?

If you have been charged with this crime, either in state or federal court, it is imperative that you have legal representation familiar with the court system, experienced in developing effective defense strategies, and who is committed to protecting your constitutional rights. Exercise your right to remain silent and contact our firm in Atlanta. You may have been charged with this crime if it is alleged that you committed any of following acts:

  • Resisting arrest
  • Lying to law enforcement
  • Providing misleading or false information in a criminal investigation
  • Witness tampering
  • Evidence tampering
  • Threatening an officer (felony)
  • Committing an act of violence upon an officer (felony)
  • Hindering the activities of a law enforcement officer
  • Throwing, expelling, or projecting biological materials at an officer (felony)

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one is facing charges of obstruction of justice, there are two sides to the story, and we want to hear yours. You may have a valid case for dismissal. The first step is to call Wallack Law for a free initial case consultation.