Obstruction of Justice
Los Angeles Obstruction of Justice
The criminal justice process takes a toll on both the accused and their loved ones. However, someone ardently trying to protect or help, an alleged offender in Los Angeles could inadvertently violate federal law, which prohibits unlawfully interfering with the criminal justice process.
Some crimes are considered to be offenses against people or property, but this particular charge is considered to be a crime against justice. Federal law identifies several different ways that interference with the “law and justice” can result in criminal obstruction charges, including:
● Interfering with criminal investigations, including falsifying records
● Tampering with evidence or witnesses
● Threatening or retaliating against a witness, informant, or victim
● Destroying corporate audit records
● Injuring or otherwise attempting to influence a juror or law enforcement officer
Whether you are accused of destroying evidence, bribing federal officers or informants, abusing your authority to influence witnesses, or simply lying to investigators, you can face serious charges of obstruction of justice in federal court.
This is true even if you were not successful in your obstruction attempts. Prosecutors must prove that:
● There was a pending judicial proceeding in the federal system
● You knew about the proceeding
● You had the intent to interfere with the proceeding
The penalties can vary depending on the type of obstruction charged, but a conviction comes with a possible five years or longer in federal prison. It is critical that you have the right defense from an attorney who handles this type of charge in federal court.
If you’ve been charged or threatened with an obstruction of justice charge by federal authorities, don’t delay. We passionately advocate on behalf of clients to protect their rights. Protect yourself and your family by scheduling a free case analysis with criminal defense attorney Harv Anand at Anand Law Group, P.C. today.