Obstructing Justice and the Legal Process, Obstructing Arrest, Obstructing Firefighting in Minnesota
Obstruction of justice under Minnesota law refers to any interference of any sort with the legal process in the state. This can also include interfering with the lawful arrest of an individual and the efforts of firefighters throughout the state.
It covers obstructing police, state or federal investigators, any regulatory agency, prosecutors and other government officials carrying out their mandated responsibilities. But it can also include acts not normally thought of as “obstruction” including:
Interfering with a crime scene
Falsely reporting a crime
Lying to a police officer during any interaction or while being questioned
Attempting to bribe a juror or an officer of the law
Fleeing or attempting to avoid being arrested
Preventing law enforcement from doing its job
Penalties for Obstruction of Justice in Minnesota
The penalty for being convicted of obstruction of justice in Minnesota can range up to time in prison, depending on the circumstances. A basic charge for obstruction of justice is a misdemeanor punishable up to 90 days in jail and a fine of as much as $1,000.
However, if it includes violence or the threat of violence it is a gross misdemeanor and upon conviction can be punished with a one-year jail sentence and a fine of up to $3,000.
The charge will become a felony if you did something that you knew or could assume would involve the risk of death, serious injury or substantial property damage. A conviction could send you to prison for five years and a fine of as much as $10,000. When you find yourself facing this kind of penalty, you need experienced, tough legal help from an obstruction of justice attorney in Eagan and Mendota Heights. A Sieben Edmunds Miller attorney will fight for the best possible outcome to your case.
Call Sieben Edmunds Miller Immediately
If you are facing a charge of obstruction of justice, do two things. First, say nothing to the police or investigators without having a lawyer present to represent you and protect your rights. Second, call Sieben Edmunds Miller and speak with a lawyer who defends obstruction of justice cases in Minnesota.