California Obstruction of Justice Lawyer
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Being found guilty of obstruction of justice in California can come with a hefty fine, imprisonment, or both. Do not face these charges alone, contact Weber Law to help you!
California Obstruction of Justice Charges and Penalties
What is Obstruction of Justice?
Every person who willfully resists, delays, or obstructs any public officer, peace officer, or an emergency medical technician, in the discharge or attempt to discharge any duty of his or her office or employment is guilty of obstruction of justice.
Examples of obstruction of justice include not allowing an emergency medical vehicle to pass, fighting an officer who is trying to arrest someone, or blocking a police officer from entering a building to help someone.
How is Obstruction of Justice different from Failing to Stop at the Command of a Law Enforcement Officer?
It is unlawful to willfully fail or refuse to comply with a lawful order, signal, or direction of a peace officer when that police officer is in uniform and is performing duties pursuant to their post.
Additionally, there are specific details that require someone to stop for a law enforcement officer, these include:
• A driver who is transporting hazardous materials in a vehicle that displays they are transporting hazardous materials; or
• A driver of a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers.
This includes when an officer flashes their lights, turns on their signals, or asks for someone to pull over/stop. If an officer is on a bicycle and the bicycle is distinctively marked, the officer is in a distinctive uniform, the officer gives a verbal command to stop, or gives a hand signal commanding the person to stop.
Obstructing justice is not the act of not stopping when a law enforcement officer requires you to, but not allowing them to perform their duties.
Just merely photographing or making an audio or video recording of an officer while they are on duty is not chargeable as obstruction of justice.
What is the Punishment?
The punishment for obstruction of justice varies depending on the details of the crime. Generally, obstruction of justice is punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00, imprisonment of up to one year, or both.
If the obstruction includes knowingly and maliciously interrupting, disrupting, impeding, or otherwise interfering with the transmission of a communication over a public safety radio frequency, is the same as above.
Additionally, if the obstruction includes removing or taking any weapon, or firearm, the punishment shall be imprisonment to be determined by the court.
As the punishment can vary so greatly, it is important to have knowledgeable legal counsel who can advocate for the lowest sentence possible for you.
Even as a Defendant, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights, and it is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction. Do not try to fight these charges on your own—Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on an obstruction of justice charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
What should you do if you have been charged with Obstruction of Justice and how can Weber Law help?
If you have been accused of obstruction of justice, let Weber Law help you today. It can be a stressful situation to have criminal charges pending and Weber Law will work for you. Let Weber Law work to have your citation dismissed or dropped to a lower offense. If that is not possible, we will negotiate the best deal for you, which could include a shorter jail time or no jail time, and a lesser fine.
There are potential defenses against a charge of obstruction of justice including not knowing they were an officer, or not realizing you were obstructing. Weber Law will look at every aspect of your case, including surveillance footage, eyewitness testimonies, and even your prior criminal record. Let Weber Law build the best defense for you! A charge of obstruction of justice on your record could potentially hurt future job offers, especially in the criminal justice system, and will remain on your record for the rest of your life. Weber Law is experienced in defending these charges and getting you back to a life free of criminal charges. It is never a good idea to face these charges without an attorney. the court room can be intimidating, and you need someone with experience. Any blemish on your record can have detrimental effects on the rest of your life. Let Weber Law’s experienced attorneys fight for you in court. If you or someone you know has been accused of obstruction of justice in the State of California, contact Weber Law today for a consultation.
CA Penal Code § 148, Resisting, delaying, or obstructing officer or emergency medical technician; interference with public safety radio communications; removal or taking of weapon; punishment.
CA Vehicle § 2800, Peace officers, Department of California Highway Patrol or authorized enforcement officers; compliance with lawful orders and lawful out-of-service orders.
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