New Jersey Obstruction of Justice Lawyers
Obstruction of Justice Offenses
Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. attorneys are skillfully experienced New Jersey obstruction of justice defense attorneys. The attorneys have a combined experience of more than 250 years working in the courtroom. If you have been charged with an obstruction offense, contact Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. to get the determined attorneys for your defense.
New Jersey Obstructing Law
“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.” That is the New Jersey law on obstruction of justice.
There have been countless cases of obstruction of justice charges being brought against prominent personalities. The most outstanding cases involved former Presidents Bill Clinton and his testimony; or rather lack of it, during the investigation into his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and Richard M. Nixon and his role in Watergate. Also style icon Martha Stewart was charged with obstruction of justice when prosecuting attorneys could not find sufficient evidence to charge her with the original crime of insider trading.
The Many Forms of Obstruction of Justice Charges in New Jersey
Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero &Schiffman, P.C. attorneys have handled numerous obstruction of justice and police interference offenses that include but not limited to:
- Resisting arrest by law enforcement officer
- Aiding in a person’s escape from arrest
- Hindering apprehension or prosecution of someone sought by police
- Giving false information to a law enforcement agent or investigator
- Impersonating an officer
- Physically threatening a judge or a witness
- Tampering with a witness or suppressing evidence
- Giving false alibi
- Destroying evidence or hiding involvement in a crime
- Bribing a witness
All too often, an altercation with the police can result to criminal charges. These charges are very serious and demand the attention of a skilled criminal defense attorney. At Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C., our attorneys defends people from all walks of life against serious criminal charges.
Penalties if Convicted of Obstruction of Justice in New Jersey
How your obstruction charge plays out in the court depends on the severity of the initial charge you are accused of obstructing. For example, obstruction of a murder investigation may carry heavier penalties than obstruction of a drug possession claim. The penalties for obstruction also vary depending on your relationship with the defendant, motives and intentions.
You may be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison along with substantial fines. However, you may be sentenced to as many as 8 or 10 years if it is determined that the obstruction charge is related to domestic or international terrorism. Other penalties include probation and community service; you will also have a criminal record that will most likely impact your career or potential employment opportunities.
Determined Representation That Prevails for Those Accused of Obstruction of Justice
When being investigated for obstruction of justice, it is critical you do not discuss the situation with police, investigators, or anyone else without first speaking with a skilled defense attorney at Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. You could unwittingly incriminate yourself further. Our compassionate defense attorneys will thoroughly review the evidence and determine whether your constitutional rights may have been violated by police in terms of unlawful search or seizure. Further, our attorneys will engage various defense strategies which may be effective depending on your particular situation and the facts of your case. Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. attorneys believe in thorough and careful preparation followed by vigorous determined representation. Our ultimate goal is to have the charge reduced or dismissed, or to secure a not guilty verdict should your case go to trial.
The law enforcement agency that is attempting to charge you with a crime may not actually have sufficient evidence to successfully make the original charges stick under the law, and may attempt to charge you with obstruction of justice in order to intimidate you or force your cooperation, which could result in more serious charges. In many cases, prosecuting attorneys will bring hindering charges against someone in an attempt to create a co-defendant and gain leverage over both parties.
Contact or New Jersey obstruction of justice defense lawyers
Obstruction of justice cases can be difficult to defend in a court of law but not impossible and therefore it is important to have experienced and savvy legal representation that can help you gather and sort through the evidence and find any opportunities to have your charges reduced or totally dropped. If you have been charged with obstruction of justice in New Jersey, contact Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. today and we will be more than happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Our defense attorneys in NJ keep flexible office hours, with weekend appointments available, and we will visit you in jail if you cannot come to our office. We offer flexible scheduling and payment options. For a free initial consultation, call us today at (908) 561-5577 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free.