If you have been charged with obstruction of justice, here in Ohio, it is serious and a conviction can carry with it a variety of severe penalties, including job loss, loss of reputation, fines and up to five years in prison. Maximum 20 years in prison if the obstruction was part of a drug trafficking case. You need the best, most aggressive criminal defense attorney for this very serious charge.
There are many ways a person can be charged with obstruction of justice; attempting to bribe a juror, threatening, assaulting, or blackmailing someone that is a part of the investigation, lying to law enforcement, letting another person know about an impending criminal investigation or knowingly altering, hiding or destroying evidence. Basically, if any officer, detective, police investigator, local, state or federal prosecutor, judge and any court officer believes you are impeding their progress in presenting their side of the case, the result is a charge of obstruction of justice.
If law enforcement is trying to charge someone with a crime and they don’t have enough evidence to make the charges stick, often they will charge the person with obstruction of justice to intimidate or force to cooperate.
If you have been charged, you need the best criminal defense attorney, one with the skill and experience to get the charges reduced or completely dropped. There are times, in an obstruction case, where someone unwittingly lied, believing they were helping, to investigators and put themselves at risk for this charge. People charges with this crime are often unaware they may have even committed a crime.
The Bottom Line: Even answering questions evasively to investigator can create the charge of obstruction of justice. If law enforcement is intent on arresting you and can’t get the evidence they need, you could be charged. It must be proven in court and as a criminal defense attorney, I am ready to defend you against obstruction of justice charges. I have the experience needed to properly protect your rights and the earlier stages of the process is so important to create the best and strongest strategy for you. Call me immediately, 513-260-2099