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I was charged with obstruction of justice. The officer

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I was charged with obstruction of justice. The officer claims he seen something in my mouth but I must have swallowed it. I asked him to take me to the hospital but he refused saying I'll be ok. My argument is this, if I actually swallow drugs why wasn't I seen by some medical person? How strong is this charge to hold in court?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 11 months ago.


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Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 11 months ago.

Here's the obstruction of justice statute for Louisiana.

To convict you beyond a reasonable doubt the state would have to prove not only that you tampered with evidence (swallowed it) but that if you hadn't it would prove to be contraband.

This would appear to be a very weak case for the state.

Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 11 months ago.

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