public obstruction crimes attorneys

Public obstruction crimes are offenses that concern the obstruction of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.  These types of crimes are strongly prosecuted because of their effect on public order, particularly in Polk County.  Examples of obstruction include:

  • Resisting an Officer With Violence - knowingly and willfully resist, obstruct, or oppose any law enforcement officer by committing a violent act towards the officer or “offering” to commit a violent act. This charge is a third degree felony.  
  • Resisting an Officer Without Violence - any non-violent interference directed at a police officer who is acting pursuant to a legitimate law enforcement function. Common examples include: tensing arms while being handcuffed, refusing to stand up, refusing to place your hand's behind your back, giving information deemed to be misleading during lawful arrest, and not obeying verbal commands. This charge is a first degree misdemeanor.  
  • Giving False Information to a Police Officer - knowingly give to a law enforcement or police officer false information regarding the commission of a crime.  For a first offense where the information does not involve a capital crime, this charge is a first degree misdemeanor.  
  • False Report of a Crime - willfully and knowingly give false information or make a false report regarding the commission of a crime that the person knows did not actually occur.  This charge is a first degree misdemeanor.  
  • Fleeing and Eluding - it is a criminal act for a driver, having knowledge that he or she has been lawfully ordered to stop his or her vehicle by a law enforcement officer, to willfully to refuse to stop the vehicle in compliance with the officer’s order.  General fleeing and eluding is classified as a third degree felony.  A conviction will also result in a mandatory driver’s license revocation, which will range from 1 to 5 years in duration.  Fleeing and Eluding with high speed driving increases the charge to a second degree felony.  
  • Tampering With Evidence - when a person alters, destroys or conceals a record or physical evidence with the intent to impair the use of that evidence, while he or she is aware that an investigation or criminal proceeding is underway or about to be underway.  This charge is a third degree felony.  
  • Escape - any prisoner confined in any prison, jail, private correctional facility, road camp . . . whether operated by the state, a county, or a municipality, or operated under a contract . . . , working upon public roads, or being transported to or from a place of confinement who escape or attempts to escape from such confinement.  This charge is a second degree felony.  

If you are charged with an obstruction crime, it is critical that you speak with an experienced attorney to protect your rights. There are defenses to these charges.  It is important that you have an aggressive attorney who will stand beside you and research the best possible defense for your situation.  Contact Attorney Heather Bryan for your free and confidential consultation, at 863-825-5309.


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