Our office often represents clients who have been arrested for obstructing for giving false information to a police officer, such as a fake name because they have a warrant or suspended license. An obstruction of administration of law is a serious charge and can be elevated to a felony fairly easily. William A. Proetta is an experienced criminal defense lawyer that represents clients for obstruction of justice, hindering apprehension, and resisting arrest throughout New Jersey including Union Township, Clark, Roselle Park, Linden, Scotch Plains, and Elizabeth. Proetta & Oliver is exclusively focused on providing top quality criminal and municipal court defense for each one of our clients. We will work with the prosecutor to help secure a downgrade of your charges or even a dismissal altogether. If you would like to have a free initial consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer then contact our office at (908) 838-0150.
2C:29-1 New Jersey Obstructing the Administration of Justice
The New Jersey statute for obstructing the administration of justice is provided below, in pertinent part, for your reading convenience.
§ 2C:29-1 Obstructing administration of law or other government function
a. A person commits an offense if he purposely obstructs, impairs or perverts the administration of law or other governmental function or prevents or attempts to prevent a public servant from lawfully performing an official function by means of flight, intimidation, force, violence, or physical interference or obstacle, or by means of any independently unlawful act. This section does not apply to failure to perform a legal duty other than an official duty, or any other means of avoiding compliance with law without affirmative interference with governmental functions.
b. An offense under this section is a crime of the fourth degree if the actor obstructs the detection or investigation of a crime or the prosecution of a person for a crime; otherwise it is a disorderly persons offense.
Rahway NJ Obstruction Charge Lawyer
As illustrated in the above statute, obstruction charges originate when a defendant interferes with official police duty. For this reason it is very similar to other charges such as hindering apprehension and resisting arrest and that is why they are commonly charged together. It is clear from above that obstruction the administration of justice can either be a disorderly persons offense of forth degree indictable offense depending on the particular facts. Disorderly persons offenses are similar to misdemeanors and are handled in the town or city’s municipal court and are punishable by up to 6 months in county jail. While a fourth degree felony will be heard in the Superior Court and is punishable by up to 18 months in state prison.
At Proetta & Oliver, we represent clients throughout Union County and surrounding areas including New Providence, Mountainside, Millburn, Berkeley Heights, Summit, Springfield, Kenilworth and Short Hills. For additional information on representation of your criminal charges, contact us anytime for a free initial consultation at (908) 838-0150.