Charged with Obstruction of Official Duty?
Speak with an Olathe Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Obstruction is the crime of misconstruing facts or evidence in a case purposefully
to deter or deceive law enforcement. Obstruction is normally considered
a misdemeanor crime and is often an additional charge in addition to a
greater offense. At Martin & Wallentine, LLC, our Johnson County criminal
defense lawyers have seen a variety of obstruction of official duty cases
during our legal career. We are confident in our ability to represent
clients facing obstruction charges, so don't hesitate to
contact us today.
How is Obstruction Defined Under the Law?
According to the K.S.A. 21-3808(a), obstruction of official duty is a crime
which involves knowingly or intentionally obstructing, resisting or opposing
law enforcement or other persons involved in law enforcement. This includes
people that have been authorized to serve process in the execution or
attempt to service or execute any write, warrant, process or order of
court. If a defendant is charged with obstruction, the prosecution has
the duty to prove the crime based on certain factors.
They must be able to prove that the defendant:
- Obstructed an officer that was carrying out an official duty
- Knowingly and willingly obstructed the officer
- Knew or should have known that the person obstructed was a law enforcement officer
- Hindered or increased the burden of the officer in carrying our official duties
We Have Success in Past Obstruction Cases
Recently, we won a case involving obstruction of official duty charges.
Our client was confronted by a police officer and offered the law enforcement
personnel a false name. The officer determined that the name was incorrect,
and our client was charged with obstruction as a result. We argued that
our client did not substantially hinder the officer's official duty.
The officer quickly ascertained the correct name and he was not deterred
from his investigation.
We were able to prove that our client was not guilty of this charge.
Contact Martin & Wallentine, LLC for Experience Legal Counsel
If you were charged with obstruction, don't hesitate to contact the
firm today. Our Olathe criminal defense attorneys can assist you prior
to trial, throughout the process and all the way to the final verdict.
With years of experience and an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau,
you know you can rely on our team.