Obstruction of justice refers to the federal crime of interfering with the work of police or other government officials. Also, the crime of the obstruction of justice refers to misconduct committed by government officials in their official capacity.
Generally, the crime of the obstruction of justice arises in instances where a person lies to investigating officials about an issue in question, or, when a person destroys or alters evidence surrounding a crime.
The crime of the obstruction of justice is governed by Title 18, Section 1501 through 1517 of the U.S. Code. Generally, Title 18, Section 1501 through 1517 of the U.S. Code stands to protect the integrity of judicial proceedings as well as other agency proceedings. An individual convicted with the crime of the obstruction of justice can serve up to 20 years in prison. The length of the prison sentence depends on the severity of the obstruction.
In California, under Penal Code §32 a person can be charged with being an accessory if, after a felony is committed, the person harbors, conceals or aids the person responsible for the felony. Similarly, a person can be charged with obstructing justice under Penal Code §148 if he willfully resists, delays, or obstructs any public officer, peace officer, or an emergency medical technician, or if he interferes with official radio transmissions.
An effective defense can protect a person against an obstruction of justice charge.
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