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Obstruction of Justice Questions

Obstruction of justice is a crime. It is an attempt to interfere with the job of the courts, the judicial system or law enforcement officers. An individual can be charged with obstruction of justice if they in any way intentionally block, slow down, or stop the investigation, apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of any individual regarding conduct that constitutes a criminal offense. Obstruction of justice can cause many individuals complex questions when facing problems with the law. Individual who believe they have not committed the crime of obstruction of justice are often charged with this? Is obstruction of justice a felony? What is the obstruction of justice felony? For more information relating to obstruction of justice and the penalties that can follow, read below to find Expert answers.

If an individual was arrested in Utah for obstruction of justice, after eight months and no other charges how long does the court have in order to file charges?

In Utah the statute of limitations is 2 years. So charges can be filed any time within that time frame. There are many reasons they might not yet have filed charges, including but not limited to seeking more information or that more charges are coming.

If an individual is a felon that is no longer on probation and is charged with obstruction of justice for not cooperating with a police officer at a bowling alley in Nebraska, what is the maximum sentence the individual could receive? Is obstruction of justice another felony?

Obstruction of justice is a Class I misdemeanor. It carries a maximum of not more than one year imprisonment, or one thousand dollars fine, or both. Because the individual has a record, they may serve some time, but likely not an entire year. It will depend on variables such as; who the DA is and what judge gets assigned the case.

Can an individual in Ohio be charged with obstruction of justice by an angry police officer even if there was no obstruction of justice?

If the question is whether an angry officer on a power trip can issue a citation just because he wants to, the unfortunate answer is yes. That doesn't mean an individual can't fight the charge, but it would be a lot of time, money, and hassle. The obstruction of Justice statute is set out in Ohio Rev. Code, Section 2921.32. Essentially, it requires that the individual have the intent to hinder the discovery, apprehension, or conviction of a crime, and that they somehow help a person avoid these things - lies to the police, destroys evidence, helps a person escape, etc. Questioning a police officer is not obstruction of justice.

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