Camden NJ Obstruction of Justice Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney in Camden County, New Jersey
An obstruction of justice charge can arise when a person does not fully cooperate with law enforcement officers. Even acts such as giving a fake name to a police officer after you are arrested can lead to obstruction of justice charges. A conviction of this crime can lead to some significant consequences, including prison time, that can have an impact on future opportunities. If you have been charged with obstruction of justice, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
The criminal defense team at the the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison defend clients charged with assault and threat related offenses such as simple assault, criminal mischief, and harassment in Camden County including Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester, and Winslow Twp. With almost 40 years of combined experience, our defense attorneys know what it takes to help get you the most desirable result in your obstruction of justice case. This sort of experience and expertise can be extremely valuable in your case. The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison are available anytime for a free initial consultation to speak with you about your case. Call us today at 877-450-8301.
Obstruction of Justice Lawyer in Cherry Hill NJ
According to N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1, a person is guilty of obstruction of justice when:
a. A person commits an offense if he purposely obstructs, impairs or perverts the administration of law or other governmental function or prevents or attempts to prevent a public servant from lawfully performing an official function by means of flight, intimidation, force, violence, or physical interference or obstacle, or by means of any independently unlawful act. This section does not apply to failure to perform a legal duty other than an official duty, or any other means of avoiding compliance with law without affirmative interference with governmental functions.
b. An offense under this section is a crime of the fourth degree if the actor obstructs the detection or investigation of a crime or the prosecution of a person for a crime; otherwise it is a disorderly persons offense.
Note: If you attempt to obstruct justice and fail, you can still be charged with the offense.
Obstruction of Justice Penalties in New Jersey
Obstruction of justice can be either a fourth degree crime or a disorderly persons offense. If you are charged with fourth degree, the case will take place in Superior Court and you could face up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison if found guilty. A disorderly persons offense case will take place in the Municipal Court and can result in 6 months in the county jail.
Note: If you are arrested for obstruction of justice and do not have a prior criminal record, you may be eligible for the pre-trial intervention program. The advantage of this is that when you complete the program, the charges against you will be dropped.
Contact a Winslow Twp. NJ Obstructing Lawyer for a Free Consultation
The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison are always available to speak with you about your case and begin to formulate an aggressive strategy to defend you against your obstruction of justice charge. Our criminal defense team understands the details of the law in New Jersey and we will use this knowledge to help you best defend against these charges. Call us today at 877-450-8301 for a free initial consultation about your case.