Criminal obstruction can be a bit confusing to understand, which is why we are here for you as attorneys who can defend you if you have been charged with the crime. Criminal obstruction is when somebody engages in an act that interferes with the investigation or prosecution of a crime. The problem is, sometimes there is a fine line between what is legal and what is obstruction. Certain types of interference may be seen as a kind gesture, while others will cross the legal line. And the more severe the crime, the greater the punishments.
Are There Different Aspects of Obstruction?
There are many different ways in which you can obstruct justice. In one case, you may aid a suspect, which is when you help a loved one, family member, or friend hide from the police so they cannot be arrested. The same can be said for hiding incriminating evidence when facts can be used against them. Another way is by lying to authorities when you are being questioned in the course of a criminal investigation. Lastly, tampering with evidence is an obvious way to obstruct, in which you may destroy, alter, or otherwise tamper.
An example of Obstruction of Justice in the news is Martha Stewart’s case from a few years ago in 2004. The case stated that Stewart made false and misleading statements to the federal Securities and Exchange Commission after they investigated her for alleged insider trading. She was convicted for lying to federal investigators and failing to help the federal government as well as leading them astray.
Why Will an Attorney be Beneficial?
Under 18 U.S.C. 1510, you could be penalized harshly for your crime depending on the severity. The penalty will usually depend upon the laws of the state that you were convicted. You may face a misdemeanor or a felony and could face very serious fines or time spent in prison. This is why it is necessary to have a helpful attorney on your side. We are your defense attorney, ready to work for you and help you get the justice you are looking for.